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Rosebank Mall Opens Brand-New SOKO District

Rosebank Mall Opens Brand-New SOKO District

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At a time when the world is re-setting and actively searching for brands that resonate with the core values of getting back to basics, SOKO District seeks to make the like-minded brands they partner with the heroes in this new story… the re-telling of retail. The first chapter in the first of many SOKO District stories is set in Rosebank Mall. Plus, we're giving away a R500 voucher to spend at Rialheim’s store at SOKO District! Keep reading to find out how to enter. 

Visit Rosebank Mall's SOKO District

Shop until you drop at the brand-new SOKO District! Here, you'll be able to shop up a storm, discover unique and interesting brands and even find a few new favourites! You’ll find the first SOKO District space at the centre of all the action in Rosebank Mall. It’s the first of many come and what a good place to start – in the bustling heart of the Jozi. This location resonates with one of the SOKO District pillar principles of creating a regenerative space, a space that encourages constant movement towards fresh ideas.

They're 100% South African-owned, and keep their carefully selected shop-fitting materials local as far as possible. Sustainable sourcing and recyclability also play pivotal roles in their processes – from their exclusive and patented mechanisms to their electronic and lighting systems. Technology is a vehicle for improving the quality and sustainability of the community we live in. Their drive towards innovation – the continual hunt for solutions towards improvement – puts them in a unique position to supply SOKO District retailers with the best and latest technologies. Zero harm. Ecologically sound.

About Rialheim

Founded in 2012 by Rial Visagie with a small group of ceramic artists, Rialheim ceramic studio specialises in shapes and glazing techniques that are inspired by Africa’s diverse cultures and beauty.

Rialheim is the expression of our culture and emotions through craftsmanship and design using African soil, fire and water. Their ceramic studio is based in Robertson, South Africa. They proudly design and manufacture all of their products on their farm. Rialheim's goal is to produce authentic items that are functional and fun whilst they explore the use of African clay. A few products you can expect includes:

The Ubuntu Mug

I am, because we are”, this is the true meaning of Ubuntu. It is the understanding that together we are all bound in ways that are intangible. A unity within humanity, we can only be our greatest selves by caring for, and embracing those around us.

The Ubuntu mug symbolises the strength and unity that makes us African. Just as we are from African soil, so are their mugs, forged from soil, water and fire, representing the heart of Africa – the same heart we all share.

The African Heart

Our hearts beat to the rhythm of our beautiful continent. Our veins pulse with the strength and courage of our forefathers. Mother Africa resides in our bosom and we are united as a single heart beat.

The African Heart is an expression of what it means to be African. To be unified in love. To be brave enough to be you and all that you are, cast in Mama Africa’s image.

Cow Skull

The cow skull is visually striking and yet it holds a certain mystery. The cow skull is a riddle of the symbolic, of connection steeped within African tradition. Cows exist in a liminal space, connecting the human and the ancestor, the physical and divine.

The cow skull is a rendering of our connectedness, not only to each other but to the origin of being African.

Pig Bowl

For this is a tale about a pig named Sarah, she broke free from her pen. She was brave, inquisitive and free spirited. She roamed the farms of Robertson and the village for months, and when she returned from her time away, she inspired them and they moulded her into clay. She then went on to travel borders beyond – Australia, New York and Europe.

So let us be like Sarah, find adventure in our hearts, be brave enough to face the unknown and be free from that which keeps us in captivity.

Frenchie Table Lamp

This is an ode to their Frenchie. He leaped into their arms and hearts were bewitched. As he entered their home with an itch and twitch, they knew, this is his forever home and so they named him Stitch.

Just as Stitch lit up their lives, the Frenchie Table Lamp will illuminate your space.

I am Vase

This is a quirky piece, this is Rialheim. A whimsical exploration of what it means to laugh and experience joy, free from the everyday, the mundane. It is metaphor for human experience, a symbol of escapism, a hopeful reaction.

When they created this piece, it was the end of a long week of product conceptualisation and they just decided to have fun, create and be creatively free.

SOKO District's Inspiration

The word soko is Swahili for ‘market’, and a market is traditionally driven by the collective art of buying and selling goods in an open space. SOKO District has created a platform that enables purpose-driven brands to create meaningful connections with their customers through a flexible digital leasing platform, without the significant financial commitments in the traditional retail environment.

There is an alchemy to this new approach to retail which comes from partnering with like-minded entrepreneurs. This new approach is what lies at the heart of the brand storytelling SOKO District has at its core. It’s a deep-rooted desire to encourage customers to experience products first-hand rather than online in a relatable space fostering a sense of community and support for brands.

But it is also about offering new brands which have a lot of potential a space to grow and breathe which they would not be able to do in a traditional retail setup. So essentially, SOKO District wants to enable retailers because if they succeed in this space, then SOKO District does well too. SOKO District provides the blank canvas for other brands to shine on!


Each brand within the district has a completely customisable space, which means customers can easily find and recognise their favourite store. From a shop-fitting perspective, nothing goes to waste. Even shop branding is carefully recycled into stylish shopping bags after use.

Please note: All Covid protocols will be in place.

SOKO District at Rosebank Mall Operating Hours

SOKO District is operational under the adjusted level 2 restrictions:

  • Monday – Thursday: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Friday: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 09:00 – 17:00

Their food providers will be open for take-away meals only.

For More Information

For more information about the SOKO District, visit You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook. Don’t forget to use their hashtags #SOKODistrict #SOKORosebank #RetellTherapy when you are sharing your SOKO District experiences.

For more information about Rosebank Mall, visit You can also contact them on 011 788 5530 or [email protected]. Don't forget to follow and like Rosebank Mall on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


One lucky reader stands the chance of winning a R500 Rialheim voucher to spend online or at their store in the SOKO District!

To enter, follow these easy steps:

This competition close on Friday, 15 October 2021.

Good luck!


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