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Opening of Braamfontein Saturday market postponed

By Edward Tsumele

Fun lovers including shoppers who were looking forward to attending a reimagined Saturday market in Braamfontein onwill be disappointed again by the Covid-19 situation.

The opening of the reinvented Saturday market now going by the name PlayGround started by urban property developer and urban spaces innovator Adam Levy has been postponed, and will no longer open on Saturday, December 4, 2021 as initially planned.

In light of rising Covid infections and concerns for our community Play Braamfontein has taken the decision to postpone the opening of The Playground that was to take place this SATURDAY, December 4, 2021. A new launch date will be announced in early 2022.  Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

Will keep you posted  This situation has moved so quickly,” the organisers said in a statement released yesterday. 

And the story here is this. When South Africa went into its first lockdown in March 2020 it took with it one of Joburg’s most vital city attractions – the Saturday Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein, since 2011 a city institution and a magnet for local and international visitors. Since its founding the market had seen almost 2-million visitors pass through its alleyway entrance, changing the way people experienced the city, and creating a landmark for the district of Braamfontein.

This wave also shaped a new generation of city dweller, who visited the market weekly for the buzz it created, not only at the site, but throughout the neighbourhood.

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