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Background History

Situated on the corner of Enoch Sontonga Street and Solomon Street, the former Post and Telecommunications buildings have been overhauled and transformed into global contenders in industrial loft conversions known as the Sontonga Lofts.

The transformation of these once forgotten buildings and their surrounds into a striking designer urban lifestyle precinct, has taken what once was a hidden gem that had faded into obscurity and styled it into every progressive and inspired home owners dream.

Encompassing the existing architectural elements of these face brick and rendered buildings with stylish modern finishes, the Sontonga Lofts are a designer blend of new and old world.

Enoch Sontonga

The Man Behind The Name

Sontonga Lofts, located adjacent to the Sontonga Memorial Park and situated on Enoch Sontonga Street pays homage to the man best known for penning the hymn that would become the continent's most famous anthem of the struggle against oppression.

A teacher and lay preacher from the Eastern Cape, Sontonga wrote the first verse and chorus of 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' (God Bless Africa) in 1897 and later that year composed the music.

Now unmistakably distinctive, 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' has been reworked and adopted as South Africa's national anthem and has also been incorporated into the national anthems of Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia.


Comprehensive and fully integrated, state of the art security systems and solutions at the Sontonga Lofts mean your only real worry will be to remember to feed the goldfish.

To promote the best safety and security within the lifestyle estate, highly trained and dedicated on-site 24 hour security officers oversee access control procedures, ensuring a safe and easy exit and entry, and conduct both perimeter and internal patrolling and monitoring to provide residents with ultimate peace of mind.

Utilizing biometric access control technology, residents and visitors can enjoy the best of what Sontonga Lofts has to offer, without security concerns.

Security features further include state of the art digital camera coverage of the perimeter of the complex and common areas, and will utilize full analytics with automated alarm functions, along with full time monitoring.

A networked, monitored and fully alarmed electric fence, further contribute to the security compliment.

All security cameras and feeds operate on the fiber optic network.

Development Ethos

Johannesburg's loft hub has a new capital. Ideally located at the gateway to the city in Braamfontein Werf, the Sontonga Lofts offer authentic and uniquely Afrocentric industrial loft conversions for professionals, hipsters and creatives alike.The developers and architects behind the authentic, tailored industrial conversions combine innovation and transformative thinking to bring safe, inspiring and aesthetically pleasing housing to this exciting location.
Combining an ethic committed to sustainable urban renewal coupled with a sense of social responsibility to preserve the sites rich heritage and culture, the developers and architects have repurposed and will continue to uplift Sontonga Lofts and its neighboring surrounds.

Guiding principles of both developers and architects of the Sontonga Lofts are based on enduring all development legislative and safety regulations are met; to provide a global contender in industrial loftconversions that retains its unique identity and culture; and to leverage upon the positive urban renewal and change of Johannesburg's Renaissance for the benefit of the residents.


About Sontonga Lofts

Im seeing elements like none other in a residential setting, Fire station shaped windows with exposed industrial pipe work, I’m seeing pressed ceilings, super volume, reclaimed beams and polished concrete, pendant wire lights and minimal kitchens, there are crows nests rooms floating effortlessly in the space securely attached to the estate like an old gold rush era beard and there is intricacy abound. The heritage of the surrounds is inspiring to say the least echoing our past and rejoicing our future promise, in the spirit of Enoch Sontonga, writer of the beloved nkosi sikelel iafrika. A new possible lifestyle beckons – which will rival anything imagined across the pond in foreign lands. I believe this to be the pivot that the city has been waiting for, the tipping point, the beginning. I believe this is the new LOFT CAPITAL.


Developer And Associates

Plitvest and the Izingwe Property Group are the developers of Johannesburg's new and most exciting, bespoke industrial conversion housing opportunity, Sontonga Lofts.

By combining a wealth of experience, city insight and transformational thinking, Plitvest and the Izingwe Property Group have unlocked a unique urban loft lifestyle estate that embraces urban renewal whilst preserving the eclectic character and spirit of this richly layered heritage area.

Chairman of Plitvest, Renney Plit, is a doyen of the property and inner city development sector, having spearheaded the award winning AFHCO Holdings for several years. Under his guidance the portfolio grew to R1.9 billion, making AFHCO the leading  Johannesburg inner-city property development, investment and management group.

Plitvest is widely invested across a variety of property sectors with its focus on residential development and investment.

Hayden Hartley is the Managing Director of the Izingwe Property Group which was established in 2010 as a multifaceted property subsidiary of Izingwe Capital. Izingwe Capital has substantial diversified interests and holdings.

As a varied property group with numerous investments across a wide range of property sectors, Izingwe Property Group's project and investment portfolio spans from mining housing, fuel stations and student housing to low and middle income housing, inner city residential conversions and housing estates.

Izingwe Property Group has in-house project management capabilities and is a NHBRC and CIDB registered construction company.


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Contact details



Cnr Enoch Sontonga Ave & Solomon Street, Johannesburg