Amazon to set up South African headquarters in R4 billion Cape Town development

 ·20 Apr 2021

The City of Cape Town has greenlit the R4 billion River Club mixed-use development, which will be the new home of retail giant Amazon in Africa.

The development design intends to create a 150,000 square metre mixed-use space, divided into commercial and housing uses across two precincts. The developer intends 31,900 square metres to be used for residential purposes.

The city said that the development will include both market-driven and affordable housing opportunities – the latter of which will be physically integrated with the other residential units in the apartment complexes.

It is envisaged that 5,239 jobs will be created in the construction phase alone. The project will also create up to 19,000 indirect and induced jobs, it said.

Other parts of the development include:

  • 59,600 sqm office space;
  • 20,700 sqm retail space;
  • 8,200 sqm hotel;
  • 4,100 sqm gym;
  • Restaurants, conferencing, school and events space
  • The developer stated that 20 percent of the residential floor space will be allocated for affordable housing opportunities.
  • US retail giant, Amazon, will be the anchor tenant, opening a base of operations on the African continent.

“The planned mixed-use development will be a significant boost to the economy and the people of Cape Town in the aftermath of the national Covid-19 lockdown,” said City mayor Dan Plato.

“The city has carefully and thoroughly considered all of the submissions and concerns during the appeal process. We are acutely aware of the need to balance investment and job creation, along with heritage and planning considerations.

“It is clear that this development offers many economic, social and environmental benefits for the area. We are committed to driving investment to revitalise the economy, which is slowly recovering following the impact of Covid-19,” said Plato.

While the development has been approved as a concept, conditions have been attached requiring further stages of approval during which the developer must submit detailed plans on a range of development aspects, Plato said.

The development is envisaged to take place in phases, with construction set to take place over three to five years.

The development of Precinct 1 includes mixed used and a floor space of approximately 60,000 sqm. Precinct 2 will house the Amazon headquarters, which is 70,000 sqm of floor space.

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