Who are the makers and changemakers in the valley?
Within Makers Valley the notion that anyone can create positive
change, thus becoming a Changemaker, is a strong and motivating
value. The model involves co-creation of a localised Wellbeing
Economy, where both human and ecological development are honoured.
Cooperative values practiced within an inclusive ecosystem including
public, private and non-profit institutions, have resulted in a
variety of programmes and projects, for example:
VY Commons is a common working and social marketing space located
within Victoria Yards. Positioned close to the main entrance, VY
Commons often acts as the first point of entry to Victoria Yards and
functions as an incubation hub for creative and social enterprises.
It is also the Makers Valley Partnership ‘base’. The space is
provided via social responsibility contributions by the developers
of Victoria Yards and Nando’s, and managed as an emerging social
The Makers Way programme is about the power of placemaking through
small interventions and activities within Makers Valley. A variety
of participants, organisations, residents, artists, educators and
makers are experimenting with ways of making public spaces better.
The project began in June 2018 and will come to an end with a
festival in March 2020.
The blog page for Makers Way has four categories:
- Community Connect: Connecting with the people who
live and work in the area.
- How Do They Do That?: A series of 40 workshops
that share skills, ideas and knowledge with youth of Makers
Valley. The knowledge being shared comes from a range of small
creative businesses and organisations based in Jozi. The blogs
have been set up so you can learn how it’s done too
- Placemaking: Getting on the streets, making,
sharing and working together to create cleaner, safer and more
welcoming public spaces
- Makers Valley – Where and What Is It?: Learn more
about where Makers Valley is and the variety of dynamic and
exciting partnerships and activities taking place in the area.
The Makers Way programme is funded by the U.S. Consulate and managed
by the Coloured Cube and the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership
Enabling Social and Creative Enterprise in Makers Valley
This programme focuses on strengthening local entrepreneurs working
towards the common good, or in the creative industries. Marginalised
youth and women are prioritised for training programmes, seed
funding, and potentially a youth entrepreneur development hub. The
initiative will run until March 2020 and will culminate in a ‘mega
market’ as part of the Makers Valley carnival along the Makers Way
Funded through the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and
Creative Enterprise (DICE) Fund, and supported by a small team
working out of VY Commons, the programme is being incubated by the
This is an emerging early childhood development (ECD) initiative
that aims to gather potential ECD implementation partners as a
‘think and do’ tank. Following an initial stage of networking and
research among ECD players across Makers Valley, early
implementation will include establishment of a One Stop Centre for
ECD, playgroups and well-managed day care centres and foster homes.
Water for the Future—Jukskei River Project
This is a partnership-driven remediation of the Jukskei river
function, intended to act as a catalyst for social, economic and
environmental opportunities. By including the original ecological
system into the urban development framework, the development plan
envisages a resilient infrastructure along with an informed
pro-active community. This resilience will contribute to climate
change adaptation which expects shorter, more concentrated and
severe thunderstorms in the future. The aim is to facilitate a way
of life for people in the neighbourhood that enables a change in the
way they interact with the natural environment. This will take place
through artistic expression, skills development and job creation.
So far funding to cover scientific tests has been provided by
Nando’s and Victoria Yards.
Massmart Urban Libraries
The Massmart Urban Libraries initiative is about making reading more
accessible in communities that do not have access to books. The
project has previously been implemented in Soweto and Alexandra,
always at recreation centres and in partnership with the City of
Johannesburg (CoJ). The Coloured Cube will be manufacturing the
libraries, and doing the research and activations. These will
promote reading for enjoyment and celebrating creatives within the
community. The Coloured Cube has proposed that the Maurice Freeman
Recreation Centre opposite Fuller Park be the first location of the
four intended urban libraries.
Celebrating Our Voices project
Placing mini libraries around Makers Valley community partners,
supporting a culture of reading. Afrocentric focus.
Community Safe and Clean Programme
Volunteers from the neighbourhood are patrolling and cleaning daily
along the MakersWay route (Thames and Frere Rd, from the Rea Vaya
station past Boys and Girls Club, Nando’s, Victoria Yards and
Gearhouse, to Skills Village), and will support the area-based
management initiative as it scales up. This is in addition to street
security already provided by Nando’s around the Nando’s Central
Vegetables and food trees planted on sidewalks in Makers Valley,
managed by community members, and available for people to pick when
ready. Running successfully at a small scale for over a year.
And many more…
- Boys and Girls Club of South Africa
- Celebrating our Voices
- Changemaker Children
- Community Safe and Clean
- East Jozi /94 Colours
- Edible Streets
- Enabling Social and Creative Enterprise
- Lets Unite Creatives
- Love our City Klean
- Makers Way
- Massmart Urban Libraries
- Skills Village
- Spaza Gallery
- The Coloured Cube
- Timbuktu in The Valley
- Young Bucks—Sifunda Ukufundisa