I’ve been thinking a lot about communities and shared working spaces lately. I recently started a new job. One which I still can’t believe I have. One thing I’ve realised is how great it is to be apart of something good. There are people doing amazing things in Cape Town and South Africa. And I get to be involved in some of these things.
Some of the people we work with have started shared working spaces in the city. These are places where, if you don’t have an office, you can go and work. They have wifi access, conference rooms and smaller meeting rooms at your disposal. If you are running your own business, it’s a great way to work in an office environment and connect with others. Because working alone sucks big time! So here are Cape Town’s shared working spaces for you to check out.
8 Spin Street, Cape Town CBD.
Spin Street House (SSH) is a coworking space and community for individuals and teams doing interesting, and innovative work. Their members work in a variety of fields such as tech startups, business development, IT, web development, architecture, design, photography, journalism, and more. They have different packages for members depending on your frequency and facilities you need.
SSH is a mixture of rustic wooden floors with modern working spaces. It’s light and open, and would be impossible not to get comfortable. It’s also right above Bread, Milk and Honey. A superb family run coffee shop and deli. SSH also hire out their venue for events like meet-ups, workshops, exhibitions and launches. They are partnered with an initiative called Seedspace. Seedspace aims to create a network of workspaces for tech entrepreneurs, change-makers and innovators around the world. They have over 20 workspaces in 17 countries and Cape Town, our little gem, is one of them in the form of Spin Street House.
The Watershed, V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town.
I can’t think of a better place to work than the V&A Waterfront. I love that place. Workshop 17 is above The Watershed, a market showcasing all things local and handmade. From fashion, jewellery, crafts and much more. The working space looks down on this busy, never ever empty, market. The space is an area where start-ups and companies big or small, profit or non-profit can come and work together, share space, experiment and innovate.
There are a variety of working spaces, from private and formal spaces to open and informal. Desks, couches and even bean bags are available to work from. There is also coffee and cafes galore to get your fix at any time of the day. Workshop 17 also has event rooms and conference rooms to hire should you need it. It’s light, the view of Table Mountain is quite something. And if you don’t like that you can look onto the harbour. Or take a walk along it to clear your head!
Brookside Office Park, 11 Imam Haron Road (Lansdowne Road), Claremont, Cape Town.
This space opened two weeks ago. And not everything has to happen in the City Bowl right! There are a variety of working spaces. From private fully equipped offices to your own desk, or shared working desks where you can connect and network with other individuals. It offers long or short term rentals and you can make use of office equipment like printers, faxes and even your own dedicated telephone number. Brookside Office Park is part of the same building as Villagers Rugby club so on a Friday afternoon you may be treated to a sneaky schools rugby game.
Woodstock – 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, 7925, Cape Town.
Khayelitsha: The Community Barn – Spine Road, Village 1 South, Cape Town.
The Barn (aka The Bandwidth Barn) has hubs and shared office spaces in Woodstock and Khayelitsha in Cape Town. The Barn in Woodstock has one of the trendiest addresses in Cape Town if that’s your thing. The space has meeting rooms, private and shared office spaces. It’s in the Woodstock Exchange which is a hub for entrepreneurs and innovators. There are some seriously trendy design stores and delicious cafes to take your pick from. The space itself even has a receptionist who will answer your calls and take messages should you be downstairs munching on Superette’s delicious daily special.
The Barn in Khayelitsha is a community centre where young professionals can work and events are held to support and grow the entrepreneurship community in this area. They hold holiday programs for school and university students to learn, grow and connect and give them access to technology they wouldn’t othrwise have access to in their own homes.
Both the spaces are partnered with The CiTi (The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative) which started in 1998 as a non-profit organisation to develop Cape Town as a hub for technology and innovation that can contribute to economic growth.
There you have it. Some amazing spaces where you, or someone you know who needs space, can do some incredible work. And meet, network and connect with like-minded people. Because it’s all about connecting with others!