WeWork Rosebank's entrance lobby (Photo by James d
WeWork Rosebank's entrance lobby (Photo by James de Villiers)
  • Business Insider spent a day working at office-sharing giant WeWork's first African location in Rosebank, Johannesburg. 
  • For R3000 a month, members can get free beer, coffee and breakfasts on Monday. 
  • The offices also provide live music, daily events, yoga classes and meeting rooms. 
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Global office-sharing giant WeWork opened its first African location in Rosebank, Johannesburg, in 2019 with space for over 2,500 people.

Spread over six floors of Redefine property’s Rosebank Link building, WeWork offers members space to work and network with other start-ups or businesses. 

A hot desk currently starts at R2,860, a dedicated desk from R3,300 and private offices from R5,940 a month. 

WeWork South Africa general manager Stafford Masie said within nine weeks of launching the space had 98% occupancy, and today has 99% occupancy - six months since launch. 

Masie said despite fears of WeWork's global liquidity and profitability, the South African offices are expanding on its own business case.

"People like Naspers [who has space in WeWork Rosebank] do to their necessary due diligence when they take a look at taking space and making multi-year commitments like they've made to us," Masie said. 

Business Insider South Africa spent a day at the office to see how it is to work there.

The first thing you'll notice walking into WeWork Rosebank's reception, is a natural air filled reception abuzz with activity. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)


Aside from serving as the main reception, all WeWork Johannesburg events are typically also hosted here 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

Masie said WeWork typically hosts one to two events in the reception a day, ranging from networking events to skills development classes. WeWork will also pay for all the catering of events its members would like to host, as long as they are allowed a three-minute presentation, and that events be open to its members. 


The main reception also has live music where local performers are paid to perform. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)


And just next to the reception desk, there is a barista stand where members can order unlimited free coffee. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

The barista stand is operated by I Love Coffee which trains deaf youth to be baristas. 


In the reception area, there are also gaming areas such as a table-tennis table. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)


On every floor of WeWork, there are lounges where members can work, socialise or have meetings. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

Masie said all the decoration and furniture used in the WeWork Rosebank office space was procured, designed or bought in South Africa. The entire space also features art-work from local artists. 


Every floor has its own kitchen where members can store food in open fridges, like in any ordinary office. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)


And on Monday, WeWork supplies free breakfast to its members. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

When events take place and there are left-overs, it would also be left in the kitchen where WeWork members will be alerted of the food through the WeWork app. All food catered for by WeWork is also meat-free. 


Every kitchen is also fitted out with an on-tap beer station, and kombucha tea. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

The only rule is that you are not allowed to take the beer or tea out of the building. Masie said there are currently no plans to remove the free beer and coffee as WeWork has recently done in its North American locations. 


Across the six floors, you'll find people working in communal areas such as the kitchen. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

Masie said the offices are open 24/7 and it's therefore not unheard of to see coders working until the early hours of the morning. 


The private offices provide incredible views of the Johannesburg skyline. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)


Naspers South African offices are headquartered in WeWork Rosebank. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

Naspers recently announced a scheme to give R1.4 billion in capital for start-ups


The WeWork office space also has private meeting rooms which can be booked to be used by its members. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

The booking of the meeting rooms works through credits which can be bought on the WeWork app.


There are also phone booths to be used to make private calls. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)


The entire building is fitted out with sensors to monitor the movement of people. 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

Masie said if their data reveals a space isn't optimally utlised, they will rework it.  


WeWork provides members with high-quality printers, as well as stationery 

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)


And across the building, there are notice boards for weekly events.  

(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)
(Photo by James de Villiers)

WeWork Rosebank offers members yoga, language and networking classes, and the community is encouraged to share their skills by hosting their own classes. 

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