Africa’s tallest building to be constructed in the heart of Tshwane
25 May 2012
The City of Tshwane intends to transform Centurion into a new economy that will attract international commercial interest. Plans are underway for a modern, technologically advanced, cutting edge development project in the heart of Centurion.
This will take place through the creation of an African and, indeed, global landmark which will be known as Centurion Symbio-City, and will incorporate the tallest building in Africa, consisting of two office and one residential tower, and will also include hotel and retail facilities.
Tshwane, the largest metropole in South Africa and the third-largest municipality in the world, is home to 132 embassies and four universities. According to Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, speaking to delegates at a Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference (TITIIC) networking session, timing has never been more appropriate to leverage the economy that Tshwane is contributing towards South Africa’s growth. He says that the tallest tower will reach an immense 110 storeys, and will be flanked by two towers of 80 and 60 floors. The total height of the tallest tower will be 447 metres.
The Symbio-City development will be built on and around Centurion Lake on 10 hectares of land. The Mayor says that this is the best location in Tshwane to be transformed into a new economy.
“The location is between the Ben Schoeman Highway and the N1 Highway corridor and is adjacent to the Gautrain Station. It is an environment currently surrounded by businesses, offices and residential and commercial facilities. This locality in Gauteng, which as a province is the 4th largest economy in Africa, has immense potential waiting to be unlocked.”
Councillor Ramokgopa says that the Symbio-City development will offer high quality living experiences in which people will want to live and invest. “The development is a reflection of the range of economic opportunities, cultural experiences, safety and a quality physical environment that Tshwane offers.
“The availability of a variety of effective and efficiently provided public services, as well as affordable and green commuting options and amenities are all important factors in creating a high quality living experience. The construction of this development will also assist towards job creation, by generating in excess of 10 000 jobs during construction and in excess of 4 000 sustainable jobs post construction.”
He explains that Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni are the extremities of the Golden Economic Triangle of Gauteng. Centurion is positioned within the development corridors linking these cities and thus it will be a major player in the proposed high intensity developments which are destined to take place in the region. “With 57% of the local labour force in the area being involved in professional and related occupations, all suburbs in the trade area are predominantly middle-to-high income suburbs.
“The construction and development of Centurion Symbio-City will contribute towards a new chapter for the City of Tshwane, developing the city into a first class destination for both visitors and residents,” concludes Councillor Ramokgopa.