Once In Joburg Joins The Ubuntu Beds Initiative


Joburg’s only official ‘poshtel’, Once In Joburg has joined the Ubuntu Beds Initiative to show their support to health care workers during the national lockdown. However, until things return to normal, they will be needing your help to keep up and running. Here’s how you can get involved.

Once In A Lifetime Adventure 

Once in Joburg is an innovative boutique hotel meets hostel located in central Braamfontein. The hotel opened its doors in 2016, offering a unique bouquet of services to both local and international travellers. Once In Joburg is the ideal place to sleep, eat, work and explore all the city has to offer. Plus, its budget-friendly accommodation is great for students and backpackers looking to go on a weekend adventure. Read our review of the hotel here if we haven’t got you convinced that it’s a must-visit spot for avid adventurers and curious nomads alike.

Once In Joburg

COVID-19 Complications

With current lockdown regulations and travel bans, the hotel industry is under strife. Once In Joburg is no different, as they can no longer operate as they normally would. However, this has not put a damper on their spirits. The Once In Joburg team have been working tirelessly to keep themselves afloat and to continue to support their staff. Unfortunately, many of their staff may not be able to earn their basic salaries during this time, which is why the Once In Joburg team have introduced the Once Tribe Fund. In a Facebook post they wrote:

COVID-19 has devastated us all and our hard-working team will be hit the hardest during this time. We have therefore started a fund for the affected Once Tribe members who are unable to earn a basic income… Any donation will be highly appreciated.

The Once Tribe Fund is intended to support 57 members of the Once Travel team who come from underprivileged communities and will not be able to sustain themselves and their families without an income. The sole purpose of these funds is to reduce the financial burden of the pandemic on the Once Travel staff, and provide hospitality training and up-skilling while they cannot work.

Here is the link to the Once Tribe Fund web page if you would like to make a donation – https://www.once.travel/tribe-fund/.

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ONCE TRIBE FUND 🧡 #COVID19 has devastated us all and our hard-working team will be hit the hardest during this time. ✊🏼⏰ ⠀ The majority of our team comes from under-resourced communities, and will not be able to sustain themselves off minimal government unemployment grants. ⠀ We have therefore started a fund for the affected Once Tribe members who are unable to earn a basic income. The sole purpose of these funds will be to reduce the financial burden on our staff members and provide hospitality training and upskilling while they cannot work. Getting through this will be a group effort, so we are asking you, our storytellers, to contribute towards the Once Tribe Fund. 🤗 If you are interested in making a contribution, please head over to the link in bio – any donation will be highly appreciated. 🙏🏼 ⠀ #OnceTravel #OnceTribeFund #StayPositiveCoronaNegative #calmiscontagious

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Ubuntu Beds 

While the hotel may not be able to function as normal, they have joined the Ubuntu Beds campaign – an initiative that aims to unite hospitality businesses that now stand empty, with South Africa’s healthcare workers who are fighting the virus on the front lines. In the spirit of ubuntu, hostels, hotels, BnBs and guest-houses affected by travel bans and lockdown regulations can now offer safe harbour to doctors and nurses.

The initiative aims to ensure that tired healthcare workers need not travel long journeys home to their families. In this way, the hospitality industry actively contribute to the safety of more South Africans.

Once In Joburg have jumped on board to support this great initiative, preparing beds for health care workers over the last week. They are now ready to welcome these unsung superheroes, with the generosity and care that they would welcome any other guest. The hotel is also open to travellers seeking emergency accommodation and rooms for self-quarantine. To ensure the health and safety of both their guests and staff, Once In Joburg have implemented a number of strict hygiene procedures:

  • Minimising number of people in social areas. Designated rooms will have access to the communal kitchens at certain times to ensure they can sanitise between small groups.
  • All organised activities will be done on-site rather than outside at public locations, such as parks.
  • Increased sanitation of bathrooms.
  • Reduced number of people sharing in a dorm room.
  • Health and safety posters informing people on how to maintain sanitation and hygiene.

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Our Once Heroes are preparing rooms for healthcare workers as part of @ubuntubeds, an iniative that unites hospitality businesses and healthcare workers to ensure that they are provided with a comfortable place to rest as they try to avoid going home to their families and risk infecting them with Covid -19. Slide three, is a selfie of one of our first healthcare workers to check-in at Once in Joburg! _ To all our friends in the hospitality industry, if you would like to use your power to fight the spread of coronavirus and help our super heroes who are in the front line, join @ubuntubeds, and to our instagram family, please help in spreading the mission of @ubuntueds to stop the spread of the virus . . . . . . . . #healthcareworkers #healthcareheroes #coronavirusupdate #ubuntu

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For More Information

Visit the Once Travel website for more information on their accommodation offers. You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram for updates on the Ubuntu Beds Initiative.

Details: 90 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27 10 599 0259 | book@onceinjoburg.co.za

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