Victoria Yards rekindles itself in a world of uncertainty
Sanet Oberholzer explores SA on lockdown level three and discovers the former chop-shop is slowly opening up again, ready to embrace a new life
The first time I visited Victoria Yards I was struck by its incredible energy. Not the electric type that sizzles through the Joburg CBD or the ambition running through the veins that keep the business hubs of Sandton and Rosebank pumping. It was a raw, tranquil energy; an energy that springs from creativity, that is reflected in the old buildings that wind through the space and feeds from the roots of its vegetable gardens. It is the type of energy that even a global pandemic can’t quash.
Since the country moved to level three of lockdown, Victoria Yards has opened to the public again. It hasn’t opened for public gatherings, and the number of people that come in is monitored, but you’re free to grab a cup of coffee from Foakes Coffee Roastery or a takeaway from The Fish and Chips Shop and stroll around the grounds. ..