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“The first African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town provided an innovative space for leading built environment professionals to engage with experts, projects, investors and practitioners from all over the continent. We are confident that the summit will grow to become the leading meeting point of the real estate and infrastructure industries in Africa." This is according to Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, who was a speaker and session facilitator at the summit. Cape Town, South Africa, November 25, 2016 --( More than 300 sector experts gathered for the inaugural two-day summit earlier this month with interactive sessions that focused on key case studies of visionary city planning, investment opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate sectors across the continent, the African city of the future and the challenges of urbanisation. Innovative development projects from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Lusaka, Kampala and the Taparura project in Tunisia were showcased. A key finding of the conference was that Africa’s cities are facing an urban ‘polycrisis’ and that there is a need for a new urban agenda and an opportunity for innovative solutions to address urbanisation challenges. Expert speaker highlights at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit included: “Africa is on the brink of great change. It is the fastest urbanising region in the world, with around 400 million people expected to migrate from rural areas to cities by 2050. As more and more people move to our cities in search of a better life, it is critical that we provide effective and sustainable infrastructure to meet their needs.” - Alderman Ian Neilson, City of Cape Town’s Executive Deputy Mayor “New forms of urban planning in African cities seem to be dedicated to transforming them into replicas of Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore. The main challenge of the real estate sector on the continent currently is to find approaches to real estate development which are not only for the wealthy, and which find architectural and planning approaches which are not simplistic ‘cut and pastes’ of cities elsewhere in the world.” - Prof Vanessa Watson, of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town “The Voortrekker Road Corridor offers a unique opportunity to invest in the urban core of Cape Town in one of its most important transit-oriented development corridors, taking advantage of the central location and extensive public transport infrastructure.” – Councillor Johan van der Merwe, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning. “Arup recently completed a transit orientated development masterplan for the light rail transit system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The project focused on realising the economic potential of the key stations along the light rail system; while regenerating the city, thereby making use of hard infrastructure systems to unlock multiple gains that improve the social and economic prosperity of citizens.” - Nico Venter, Associate Director at Arup’s Johannesburg Office, responsible for the Urban Design and Cities Business in South Africa. “We passionately believe that Africa is a continent of opportunity. With improving economies, rising populations, rapid rates of urbanisation and burgeoning middle classes, some African cities are expected to grow between 70-100% in the next 15 years.” - Mr Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) – patron of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit. More key findings that emerged during the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit included: - African countries need to adopt new development models designed to take advantage of urbanisation by facilitating structural transformation, creating jobs and addressing social inequality and poverty, while creating sustainable human settlements with equal opportunity for all. - The future of Africa is at stake and the future of Africa will be more and more linked to how cities are managed and the way they choose to contribute to African unity. - Careful, complex, thorough administrative management and pro-poor urban development will turn African cities into world-class cities, not design plans based on fantasy Dubai-esque city makeovers. Major infrastructure and building projects and opportunities on the continent featured at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit included: - Cape Town’s Voortrekker Corridor Road Integration Zone Strategy and Investment Plan - Joburg’s Corridors of Freedom for a people-centred city - Kimisange, Kicukiro 237 and Kicukiro 968 in Kigali, Rwanda - Transit Oriented Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The PDGML – General Master Plan for Luanda, Angola - Comprehensive Urban Development Plan (CUDP) for the City of Lusaka, Zambia - Kampala Physical Development Plan, Uganda - PARURA SFAX – The Master Plan for Taparura Project, Tunisia Cape Town, South Africa, November 25, 2016 --( PR.com )-- “The first African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town provided an innovative space for leading built environment professionals to engage with experts, projects, investors and practitioners from all over the continent. We are confident that the summit will grow to become the leading meeting point of the real estate and infrastructure industries in Africa." This is according to Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, who was a speaker and session facilitator at the summit.More than 300 sector experts gathered for the inaugural two-day summit earlier this month with interactive sessions that focused on key case studies of visionary city planning, investment opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate sectors across the continent, the African city of the future and the challenges of urbanisation. Innovative development projects from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Lusaka, Kampala and the Taparura project in Tunisia were showcased.A key finding of the conference was that Africa’s cities are facing an urban ‘polycrisis’ and that there is a need for a new urban agenda and an opportunity for innovative solutions to address urbanisation challenges.Expert speaker highlights at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit included:“Africa is on the brink of great change. It is the fastest urbanising region in the world, with around 400 million people expected to migrate from rural areas to cities by 2050. As more and more people move to our cities in search of a better life, it is critical that we provide effective and sustainable infrastructure to meet their needs.”- Alderman Ian Neilson, City of Cape Town’s Executive Deputy Mayor“New forms of urban planning in African cities seem to be dedicated to transforming them into replicas of Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore. The main challenge of the real estate sector on the continent currently is to find approaches to real estate development which are not only for the wealthy, and which find architectural and planning approaches which are not simplistic ‘cut and pastes’ of cities elsewhere in the world.”- Prof Vanessa Watson, of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town“The Voortrekker Road Corridor offers a unique opportunity to invest in the urban core of Cape Town in one of its most important transit-oriented development corridors, taking advantage of the central location and extensive public transport infrastructure.”– Councillor Johan van der Merwe, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning.“Arup recently completed a transit orientated development masterplan for the light rail transit system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The project focused on realising the economic potential of the key stations along the light rail system; while regenerating the city, thereby making use of hard infrastructure systems to unlock multiple gains that improve the social and economic prosperity of citizens.”- Nico Venter, Associate Director at Arup’s Johannesburg Office, responsible for the Urban Design and Cities Business in South Africa.“We passionately believe that Africa is a continent of opportunity. With improving economies, rising populations, rapid rates of urbanisation and burgeoning middle classes, some African cities are expected to grow between 70-100% in the next 15 years.”- Mr Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) – patron of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit.More key findings that emerged during the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit included:- African countries need to adopt new development models designed to takeadvantage of urbanisation by facilitating structural transformation, creating jobs and addressing social inequality and poverty, while creating sustainable human settlements with equal opportunity for all.- The future of Africa is at stake and the future of Africa will be more and more linked to how cities are managed and the way they choose to contribute to African unity.- Careful, complex, thorough administrative management and pro-poor urban development will turn African cities into world-class cities, not design plans based on fantasy Dubai-esque city makeovers.Major infrastructure and building projects and opportunities on the continent featured at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit included:- Cape Town’s Voortrekker Corridor Road Integration Zone Strategy and Investment Plan- Joburg’s Corridors of Freedom for a people-centred city- Kimisange, Kicukiro 237 and Kicukiro 968 in Kigali, Rwanda- Transit Oriented Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- The PDGML – General Master Plan for Luanda, Angola- Comprehensive Urban Development Plan (CUDP) for the City of Lusaka, Zambia- Kampala Physical Development Plan, Uganda- PARURA SFAX – The Master Plan for Taparura Project, Tunisia Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit


The City of Cape Town will present its Voortrekker Road Corridor: Strategy and Investment Plan at the upcoming African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit at the Mother City’s CTICC from 2-3 November. Cape Town, South Africa, October 29, 2016 --( The presentation, which is open to industry professionals, forms part of an exciting line-up of high-level representatives from leading African cities, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and Kampala, who will showcase the investment and development opportunities offered by their cities’ Urban Development Plans or specific major infrastructure projects. “The City has spent in excess of R300-million on infrastructure investments,” says Councillor van der Merwe, “which are directly serving the corridor and significantly more on bulk infrastructure that contributes towards the corridor. One of the key infrastructure investments that we are making is providing financing to PRASA to undertake a study to develop a plan of improvements/upgrades to this important rail corridor.” He foresees the main challenges to be “urban management, which includes crime, grime and maintenance, which is a key issue within the corridor. Solving this challenge is key to attracting investors to the area. We see the solution to this challenge emanating from the continuation and further development of partnerships between the City, the Greater Tygerberg Partnership, city improvement districts, land owners, business operators, civic organisations and residents. In addition to this partnership approach, we are working with the City improvement districts and the Greater Tygerberg Partnership to provide additional services in key locations.” African city of the future More headline speakers at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit that will also focus on key case studies of visionary city planning, investment opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate sector, the African city of the future and the challenges of urbanisation are: - Tim Harris, CEO, WESGRO - Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG-A* - Lord Mayor, Hon. Isaya Mwita Charles, Dar es Salaam - Lekwalo Mosienyane, Director, Business Botswana - Mokena Makeka, Founder & Principal, Makeka Design Lab, South Africa - Kecia Rust, Director & Founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa / Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, UN-Habitat, South Africa - Amine Turki, Secretary General, Africa Union of Architects, Tunisia - Professor Vanessa Watson, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape *UCLG-A: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit will gather the full spectrum of the continent’s real estate sector and will assist African cities and governments to secure international investment for commercial real estate development and infrastructure projects that will contribute to Urban Development Plans (UDPs). The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Spintelligent is well known for organising exhibitions and conferences across the continent in the infrastructure, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Longstanding flagship events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), Agritech Expo, DRC Mining Week and EduWeek. UCLG Africa The UCLG Africa is the patron of the upcoming African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town. The UCLG AFRICA is the umbrella organisation and the united voice and representative of local government in Africa. It is an institution that gathers 40 national associations of local governments from all regions of Africa as well as the 2000 cities that have more than 100.000 inhabitants. Therefore UCLG AFRICA represents nearly 350 million Africans citizens. Dates for African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit 2016: Showcase and conference: 2-3 November 2016 Opening session: 09h00, 2 November, 2016 Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town, South Africa, October 29, 2016 --( PR.com )-- “The Voortrekker Road Corridor offers a unique opportunity to invest in the urban core of Cape Town in one of its most important transit-oriented development corridors, taking advantage of the central location and extensive public transport infrastructure.” – this is according to Councillor Johan van der Merwe, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning. The City of Cape Town will present its Voortrekker Road Corridor: Strategy and Investment Plan at the upcoming African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit at the Mother City’s CTICC from 2-3 November.The presentation, which is open to industry professionals, forms part of an exciting line-up of high-level representatives from leading African cities, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and Kampala, who will showcase the investment and development opportunities offered by their cities’ Urban Development Plans or specific major infrastructure projects.“The City has spent in excess of R300-million on infrastructure investments,” says Councillor van der Merwe, “which are directly serving the corridor and significantly more on bulk infrastructure that contributes towards the corridor. One of the key infrastructure investments that we are making is providing financing to PRASA to undertake a study to develop a plan of improvements/upgrades to this important rail corridor.”He foresees the main challenges to be “urban management, which includes crime, grime and maintenance, which is a key issue within the corridor. Solving this challenge is key to attracting investors to the area. We see the solution to this challenge emanating from the continuation and further development of partnerships between the City, the Greater Tygerberg Partnership, city improvement districts, land owners, business operators, civic organisations and residents. In addition to this partnership approach, we are working with the City improvement districts and the Greater Tygerberg Partnership to provide additional services in key locations.”African city of the futureMore headline speakers at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit that will also focus on key case studies of visionary city planning, investment opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate sector, the African city of the future and the challenges of urbanisation are:- Tim Harris, CEO, WESGRO- Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG-A*- Lord Mayor, Hon. Isaya Mwita Charles, Dar es Salaam- Lekwalo Mosienyane, Director, Business Botswana- Mokena Makeka, Founder & Principal, Makeka Design Lab, South Africa- Kecia Rust, Director & Founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa / Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, UN-Habitat, South Africa- Amine Turki, Secretary General, Africa Union of Architects, Tunisia- Professor Vanessa Watson, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape*UCLG-A: United Cities and Local Governments of AfricaThe African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit will gather the full spectrum of the continent’s real estate sector and will assist African cities and governments to secure international investment for commercial real estate development and infrastructure projects that will contribute to Urban Development Plans (UDPs).The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.Spintelligent is well known for organising exhibitions and conferences across the continent in the infrastructure, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Longstanding flagship events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), Agritech Expo, DRC Mining Week and EduWeek.UCLG AfricaThe UCLG Africa is the patron of the upcoming African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town. The UCLG AFRICA is the umbrella organisation and the united voice and representative of local government in Africa. It is an institution that gathers 40 national associations of local governments from all regions of Africa as well as the 2000 cities that have more than 100.000 inhabitants. Therefore UCLG AFRICA represents nearly 350 million Africans citizens.Dates for African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit 2016:Showcase and conference: 2-3 November 2016Opening session: 09h00, 2 November, 2016Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit


Kerschberger B.,Médecins Sans Frontières | Hilderbrand K.,Médecins Sans Frontières | Hilderbrand K.,University of Cape Town | Boulle A.M.,University of Cape Town | And 5 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Background: Studies have shown that early ART initiation in TB/HIV co-infected patients lowers mortality. One way to implement earlier ART commencement could be through integration of TB and HIV services, a more efficient model of care than separate, vertical programs. We present a model of full TB/HIV integration and estimate its effect on time to initiation of ART. Methodology/Principal Findings: We retrospectively reviewed TB registers and clinical notes of 209 TB/HIV co-infected adults with a CD4 count <250 cells/μl and registered for TB treatment at one primary care clinic in a South African township between June 2008 and May 2009. Using Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazard analysis, we compared time between initiation of TB treatment and ART for the periods before and after full, "one-stop shop" integration of TB and HIV services (in December 2009). Potential confounders were determined a priori through directed acyclic graphs. Robustness of assumptions was investigated by sensitivity analyses. The analysis included 188 patients (100 pre- and 88 post-integration), yielding 56 person-years of observation. Baseline characteristics of the two groups were similar. Median time to ART initiation decreased from 147 days (95% confidence interval [CI] 85-188) before integration of services to 75 days (95% CI 52-119) post-integration. In adjusted analyses, patients attending the clinic post-integration were 1.60 times (95% CI 1.11-2.29) more likely to have started ART relative to the pre-integration period. Sensitivity analyses supported these findings. Conclusions/Significance: Full TB/HIV care integration is feasible and led to a 60% increased chance of co-infected patients starting ART, while reducing time to ART initiation by an average of 72 days. Although these estimates should be confirmed through larger studies, they suggest that scale-up of full TB/HIV service integration in high TB/HIV prevalence settings may shorten time to ART initiation, which might reduce excess mortality and morbidity. © 2012 Kerschberger et al.


Colenbrander D.R.,City of Cape Town | Colenbrander D.R.,University of Amsterdam | Sowman M.R.,University of Cape Town
Coastal Management | Year: 2015

The current approach to coastal development set-back delineation in South Africa is producing high-tech empirical methodologies that attempt to pinpoint areas at risk from physical coastal processes and the subsequent positioning of set-backs in relation to these risk areas. Experience in the Western Cape province of South Africa has shown that this approach contributes only partially to coastal risk management. In the context of an urban and peri-urban environment, and bearing in mind that set-backs have significant socioeconomic implications, the development of a set-back line at the local scale requires an expansion beyond just relying on the numerical modeling of physical coastal processes. This research reveals that such an approach is parochial and socially detached and a more inclusive and integrated approach grounded in and spanning localized social, cultural, economic, political, and ecological intricacies of the coastal space is required. Fundamental to achieving this is a re-consideration of the broader project management processes applied in the development of set-backs. The article concludes with a set of principles and guidelines for determining set-backs in complex coastal contexts at the local scale. © 2015, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Greyling S.,University of Cape Town | Patel Z.,University of Cape Town | Davison A.,City of Cape Town
Local Environment | Year: 2016

South African cities have focused on sustainability as a policy and strategic objective. Nonetheless, realising the transformative potential of fostering sustainable transition pathways is challenging. Our entry point for understanding this impasse is that the ability of cities to transform lies in the opaque spaces between policy rhetoric and implementation. We unpack these policy disjunctures in two ways. Firstly, we posit that the potential of the City to ensure that policy based on progressive and transformative principles is implemented in ways that foster the intended action is tied up with its ability to perform as a learning institution. The transformative role of learning is in turn dependent on accessing the situated tacit knowledge that informs decision-making and action. Secondly, we propose that researching the capacity of the City to learn requires alternative spaces for research and deliberation. To illustrate these arguments, we draw on a knowledge co-production urban experiment in Cape Town to improve the efficacy and analysis of both policy development and implementation. Tacit knowledge surfaced practices that are found to hamper learning within the City. Engaging with identified barriers to learning and change provides alternate entry points for identifying feasible points of leverage to address sustainability disjunctures. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group


Davison A.,City of Cape Town | Patel Z.,University of Cape Town | Greyling S.,University of Cape Town
Local Environment | Year: 2015

This paper offers a reflection on 15 years of policy change in the City of Cape Town aimed at fostering sustainability from the perspective of a City practitioner. The persistent continuation of unsustainable outcomes, despite ongoing policy reforms, is understood as a combination of the emergence of wicked problems, within a changing local government mandate, in the absence of a transformation of institutional structures, tools and approaches. While the approach to policy reform in Cape Town has focussed on reducing substantive uncertainty through its knowledge-based approach, we show that in the context of an expanding local government mandate, sustainability becomes an aspect of many departments’ directive resulting in strategic uncertainty. The untransformed traditional line-function-based structure of local government in turn works against integration between departments (fundamental for addressing non-linear wicked problems), thus promoting institutional uncertainty. In addressing this combination of strategic and institutional uncertainty, our findings indicate that integration has to happen in the policy stage in order for sustainability principles to be implemented in relevant departments; that implementation requires resourcing across the institution, and ought to be included in departments’ targets; and that competing and conflicting rationalities underpin the policy–practice gap. It is suggested that a first step in breaking down the strategic and institutional uncertainties would be to foster shared values through creating deliberative spaces within the City in which debate, discussion and learning can occur. © 2015 Taylor & Francis


Ballantyne N.,City of Cape Town
Proceedings of the 20th Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, DUE 2012 | Year: 2012

The paper sketches the history of the development and implementation of free basic electricity in South Africa. It covers the promises made by politicians, the establishment and work of the Electricity Basic Services Support Tariff (EBSST) Task Team. The paper discusses the challenges of the continued provision of free basic electricity (FBE) with tariff increase restrictions (imposed by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa)for those consumers who receive FBE, in a climate of general tariff increases in the order of 25% per annum, and the drive for energy efficiency. © 2012 Cape Pennisula Univ of Tec.


News Article | December 23, 2015
Site: www.reuters.com

CAPE TOWN A South African beach popular with Christmas holidaymakers has been closed until the carcass of a beached whale is removed amid concerns its blood may attract sharks, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday. Local media described it as a humpback whale measuring over 14 meters (46 feet) in length and said two sharks had been spotted in the area. "The immediate area around the whale carcass has been cordoned off and this area is closed to members of the public ... The blood and debris from the carcass can attract sharks to the area," the city said in a statement. The affected area was the Strand Beach, a stretch of sand east of Cape Town. Great whites, the largest predatory species of shark, are common in the cool Atlantic waters off Cape Town and sometimes attack surfers or swimmers. They would not be expected to attack a whale and it was not immediately clear how the humpback had died.


News Article | November 1, 2016
Site: www.prlog.org

Swisatec Architects and Project Managers of Africa's first green village: Blue Rock Village, believe in the reality of electric vehicles at Blue Rock Village and the greater City of Cape Town.


Swisatec: South Africa’s New Promise and Africa’s Financial Gateway. The Dollar House. The Dollar House is in the heart of Helderberg area, positioned as a highly prestigious business location and home to many international financial institutions, it’s a place of steel and glass, of suits and speed and the habit of planning for the future rather than rambling on about the past. Cape Town, South Africa, November 10, 2016 --( The financial hub will keep true to the Blue Rock Village environmental objective and cost saving systems such as running the building on solar generated power, daylight-controlled lighting systems, water-efficient fittings, rain-water harvesting system, lifts will be installed with VVVF sleep mode for energy saving, full insulation and double glazed windows. The Dollar House will house financial institutions such as banks, law firms, financial consultants, financial advisors, and wealth management firms. With an expected wealth of financial institutions and head offices, the Dollar House will soon be the next financial hub of Cape Town and the driver of South Africa’s economy. A business hub doesn’t become a business hub without properly accommodating the Businessman-Blue Rock Village shines in this respect. A five-star Blue Rock Hotel and 80 executive apartments above The Dollar House dominate the landscape offering world-class amenities catering to business travellers. Blue Rock Village further offers the esteemed conferencing centre with a capacity to host over 500 executives. Linked to the conferencing centre is a 10,000 square meter Lifestyle exhibition street designed to host conferences, exhibitions, interactive events such product launch, concerts or music festivals. Next to The Dollar House is the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre, a vibrant hub of Cape life where sophistication and chic collide. Its universal appeal makes it one of Cape Town’s foremost attraction. The lifestyle centre adds more value to The Dollar House as it offers an array of café’s, high-end restaurants, boutique shops, creative art studios i.e. pottery and painting, fresh produce markets, bakery shops, doctors centre, clinic, and professional office space for small to medium business. Embracing their car free living concept, all vehicles will be parked underground. To counter the frenzied Cape Town traffic, Swisatec is set to discuss with the City of Cape Town and PRASA on the expansion of PRASA business train, a construction of a new train station just opposite the village and the expansion of the MyCiti bus service in order to provide business travellers, tourist and locals with reliable public transport service that makes doing business at The Dollar House a breeze. Swisatec also envisions a helicopter shuttle from Blue Rock Village to the Cape Town International airport. What makes The Dollar House more special is the ideal location, surrounded by award winning wine farms, sandy beaches of Gordons Bay, Strand and False Bay with more than 20 famous golf ranges in close proximity to the village. The Dollar House is indeed South Africa’s new promise and Africa’s financial gate way. Construction is envisioned to begin in 2017. Blue Rock Village phase one: Giovanni Luxury Apartments will be officially on sale in August. For more information and reservation, please contact us on village@bluerock.co.za , call us on +27 21 300 1722 or visit our website on www.bluerockvillage.co.za Cape Town, South Africa, November 10, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Designed by renowned architectural firm Swisatec, The Dollar House will offer 40,000 square metres of prime office space, 600 metres long, designed to accommodate thousands of people daily, a true world class building and an iconic landmark.The financial hub will keep true to the Blue Rock Village environmental objective and cost saving systems such as running the building on solar generated power, daylight-controlled lighting systems, water-efficient fittings, rain-water harvesting system, lifts will be installed with VVVF sleep mode for energy saving, full insulation and double glazed windows.The Dollar House will house financial institutions such as banks, law firms, financial consultants, financial advisors, and wealth management firms. With an expected wealth of financial institutions and head offices, the Dollar House will soon be the next financial hub of Cape Town and the driver of South Africa’s economy.A business hub doesn’t become a business hub without properly accommodating the Businessman-Blue Rock Village shines in this respect.A five-star Blue Rock Hotel and 80 executive apartments above The Dollar House dominate the landscape offering world-class amenities catering to business travellers. Blue Rock Village further offers the esteemed conferencing centre with a capacity to host over 500 executives. Linked to the conferencing centre is a 10,000 square meter Lifestyle exhibition street designed to host conferences, exhibitions, interactive events such product launch, concerts or music festivals.Next to The Dollar House is the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre, a vibrant hub of Cape life where sophistication and chic collide. Its universal appeal makes it one of Cape Town’s foremost attraction. The lifestyle centre adds more value to The Dollar House as it offers an array of café’s, high-end restaurants, boutique shops, creative art studios i.e. pottery and painting, fresh produce markets, bakery shops, doctors centre, clinic, and professional office space for small to medium business.Embracing their car free living concept, all vehicles will be parked underground. To counter the frenzied Cape Town traffic, Swisatec is set to discuss with the City of Cape Town and PRASA on the expansion of PRASA business train, a construction of a new train station just opposite the village and the expansion of the MyCiti bus service in order to provide business travellers, tourist and locals with reliable public transport service that makes doing business at The Dollar House a breeze. Swisatec also envisions a helicopter shuttle from Blue Rock Village to the Cape Town International airport.What makes The Dollar House more special is the ideal location, surrounded by award winning wine farms, sandy beaches of Gordons Bay, Strand and False Bay with more than 20 famous golf ranges in close proximity to the village.The Dollar House is indeed South Africa’s new promise and Africa’s financial gate way. Construction is envisioned to begin in 2017. Blue Rock Village phase one: Giovanni Luxury Apartments will be officially on sale in August.For more information and reservation, please contact us on village@bluerock.co.za , call us on +27 21 300 1722 or visit our website on www.bluerockvillage.co.za Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Blue Rock Village

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