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Venue bookings for Conferences, Events & Exhibitions

Book our rooms for a memorable, flawless, origins experience!

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.

Origins Centre offers the discerning client a choice of nine different venues, each catering for a different-sized function, from an intimate workshop to a plush cocktail evening.

Each of the venues 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


  • 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

Venue Extras

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 Events Coordinator.

Key features:

  • Cinema-style setting hosting up to 150 guests.
  • Standing cocktail-style setting hosting up to 130 guests.
  • Seated dinner-style setting hosting up to 150 guests.
  • The Gallery Room hosting conferences up to 60 guests – theatre or school room setting.
  • Air conditioning in all meeting rooms.
  • State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment (including a video projector and built-in sound system).
  • Unlimited Free Wireless High-speed Internet.
  • Upgraded audiovisual services (compatible with most laptops, HDMI compatible, wireless connectivity).

Whether it’s a cinema-style, standing cocktail-style, seated dinner-style or conference settings… you name it – WE CAN DO IT!

For more information and bookings:

Phone: +27 11 717 4700/13
Email: / 



Situated in the Origins Centre, Café Fino serves a wonderful variety of freshly prepared menu items that cater for all.

Origins Centre does not have a liquor license; however, arrangements can be made upon request.

Café Fino is open Monday to Friday from 08H00 to 17H00.  However, there are several cafes in Braamfontein and on Wits Campus.