The Tapestry Room will not be available on the 20th and 21st of September 2016 due to scheduled maintenance.


The Origins Centre is a world-class venue conveniently located off the M1 in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, within the secure surrounds of the University of the Witwatersrand.

We a choice of nine different venues, each catering for a different-sized function, from an intimate workshop to a plush cocktail evening.

Each venue has a unique atmosphere, from the high-vaulted Tapestry Room, with its exquisitely handcrafted hanging panels, to the Gallery, where a changing temporary exhibition schedule ensures that no two functions ever look the same.

For more information, please contact the office on +27 (0)11 717 4700 or email

Tapestry room

  • Cinema-style: 150
  • Standing cocktail-style: 130
  • Seated dinner-style: 100
  • Very large projection area with built-in projector and PA system


The Gallery

  • Cinema-style: 130
  • Standing cocktail-style: 120
  • Conference: 60
  • Built-in projector, screen and PA system
The Gallery

The Gallery


  • Seated (with cocktail tables): 40
  • Standing: 80 maximum
  • Outside area can be tented

Eland room

  • Standing cocktail-style: 40 maximum
  • Standard lighting (cannot be altered)
  • Screen area with mobile projector

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 End of Year Functions


Venue Extras


State-of-the-art digital projectors, laptops and microphones are provided. In winter four mobile fireplaces are available for external use. Some chairs and cocktail tables are also available for small events, but additional equipment can be arranged through the Centre at additional cost.


A per-head-charge is levied for each room.


Venues are available for hire from 08h00 to 22h00 every day of the week.


Organisations or individuals hiring venues are welcome to arrange their own catering, to make use of a caterer from the in-house café, or to use a caterer sourced externally by the Centre at additional cost.

Corporate gifting

Add a special touch by selecting from a range of corporate gifts – from branded merchandise, to books, DVDs, CDs and handcrafted items – on sale at the Origins Shop.


The Origins Centre is well-equipped to market your event to the media or to the Centre’s general mailing list on request.


Motivational speakers, including Bruce Fordyce, Andre Croucamp, Himla Soodyall and other popular personalities can be arranged at additional cost.

Parking availability

A limited number of parking bays are available for use during your function. The parking has to be booked at least 1 week before the scheduled event and a nominal fee is applicable.

Something special

Add a little extra to your corporate event by including drumming, a dance troupe, musical performance or other customised item to take your function from mundane to exceptional. Discuss the options available with the marketing team.

For more information, please contact the office on +27 (0)11 717 4700 or email