About - Lockup Storage

About Lockup Storage. Learn about the history of the company from its inception to today, the owner James Visser and values of the business.


The holding company known as Labe Properties cc was founded in 1988 by Mr Jacobus Visser and his son Jimmy Visser. Their main line of business was Industrial property development up until 2005.

In 1998 Jimmy started doing the lesser known sport of Freestyle Jet skiing with his son, James Visser. By 2001 both Jimmy and James started competing internationally with Jimmy finishing the year being no.1 in the world and James no.3 in the world. 2002 ended with Jimmy again no.1 in the world and James moving up to no.2. 2003 saw James moving into no.1 spot and Jimmy in no.2. For the next few years Jimmy and James travelled to various competitions around the world, always finishing with either one of them in 1st or 2nd ranking.

It was in 2005 when Jimmy and James travelled to a competition in California USA where they first saw the idea of Storage Units. The local with whom they stayed sent them to collected a Moto Home from a Self-Storage facility, and Jimmy’s eyes lit up with the possibilities of Self Storage back home in KZN.

Once back in Pinetown, Jimmy quickly moved on establishing a Self-Storage facility in the Westmead area and brought James in to Construct and Manage the day to day business. They named it Lock Up Storage and upon reaching capacity at 6600m2 rental area, James started another facility in New Germany with 4500m2 rental area completing construction at the end of 2019.

During 2018 they also decided to build a ‘Flexi Office’ building, out of 30 shipping containers, providing 450m2 of month to month office space which they named ‘The Box Office’.

At the beginning of 2020, James and Jimmy saw the market for a slightly different storage product which they named The Lock Box.

Starting a site in Westmead with 140 units, they quickly reached capacity by August 2020 and started another site in Cornubia Mall in September 2020. March 2022 saw James open another site in Durban North.


James Visser is the owner, operator and on-site man for Lock Up Storage. He’s the space expert that will put NASA to shame. Claims to have only worn long pants once in his lifetime. And says that a ‘Boardroom’ is called that for a reason.

You can find James on one of his Lock Up Storage locations (Pinetown, New Germany, Durban North or Umhlanga) any day of the week. Building, cleaning, planning or carrying, there is no job too big or small that he won’t tackle. He eats and sleeps Self-Storage in his home town of Durban. As he knows whether you are relocating, renovating or decluttering, it’s stressful! And that’s why in 2020 James added free removals to any Lock Up Storage location as part of his offering.

James (36) is married to his wife Ashton with 3 children. His son of 7 years wants to be an Archaeologist mid-week and Astronaut on weekends, 6 year old daughter who can’t wait to come and work with dad (and build Storage units on the moon), and 2 year old son who loves playing down Storage Unit passageways.

James says that Lock Up Storage is KZN owned for KZN people. Anything that you need, no matter how small, just give James a call.

security is a priority

At Lock Up Storage, we like to think of ourselves as a bank for your most trusted possessions. You deposit your goods, and we look after them, allowing you to withdraw and deposit whenever you want. And so with that thought in mind, we always aim to create the safest and most secure facilities, without hindering your ease of access.

Just some of the security measures in place at our storage facilities:
  • Electric fence
  • CCTV
  • Alarm systems linked to armed response
  • Pepper Spray alarms
  • Guard dogs at night
  • Automatic gate with access control linked to our systems
  • And of course, only you have the key to your Self Storage Unit
  • Fire hydrants

For Self Storage, please feel free to visit us at one of our locations, get a free quote or give us a call on 031 701 0481