21 September 2015 by Katy Johnson

What’s the latest trend to hit Nelspruit and set this city a buzz? 



The brain child of Muhlewethu Maluleka and Erven Mtimkhulu, Market on Brown is all about bringing life back to Nelspruit’s CBD by creating a community hub on Brown Street. A platform from where Nelspruit’s diversity can be experienced and celebrated. A place where skilled artisans and vendors can showcase their products and shoppers can buy responsibly made, good quality goods straight from the source. Market on Brown is all about creating a sense of community identity in the CBD, to buck the global trend of decentralisation and breathe life back into the heart of Nelspruit.

It’s taken Muhlewethu, Erven and their passionate team many sleepless nights, early mornings and countless meetings to transform Market on Brown from a dream into a reality, but the result has been worth it.

As one Sunday a month Market on Brown has transformed the once devoid Brown Street into a hive of activity and community spirit. A place where everyone is welcome and open-minded progressive thinking is promoted. This 100% original experience provides visitors with a unique shopping and lifestyle opportunity. Where else can you buy traditional Tsonga street food right next door to the crowd drawing ‘Black Water’?

Market on Brown is as much about changing peoples’ perceptions of Nelspruit’s CBD as it is about bringing people back into the City. By taking the Market on tour over the next few months, Muhlewethu and Erven hope to expose more people to the beauty and fun of Market on Brown. Their dream is that Market on Brown will one day be considered alongside successful community markets in Stellenbosch and emulate the bazaars in Morocco, a place where you can find everything you seek. They want the Market to become part of the intricate fabric of the City, to give Nelspruit CBD a beating heart with a sense of identity and the wow factor it has been missing.

While they are just at the beginning of their journey, the steps they have already made are monumental. As few people would have believed, before its inception, that you would have people from all social groups, races, economic backgrounds and religions rubbing shoulders, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company in what now has become the Market on Brown community.

When you ask the guy’s what’s next? The answer is simple – ‘taking the street!’ Transforming Brown Street back into the community core it once was and addressing the issue of Nelspruit being the only provincial capital that shuts down after 6pm. It is an ambitious task, but then again so was starting Market on Brown and if anyone can do it, my money is on Muhlewethu and Erven to succeed.


More Info: Find Market on Brown on the corner of Brown and Voortrekker Street, Nelspruit CBD or follow the GPS: -25.470515, 30.978227

Contact Number: +27 (0)74 874 0582

Social Media: Follow on Facebook.com/onbrownstreet OR twitter.com/onbrownstreet OR Instagram.com/onbrownstreet for more information about the latest markets.