Amazon Jumps Over Nigeria for South Africa To Set Up African Head Office

The planned mixed-use development will be a significant boost to the economy

Amazon has announced that its African headquarters will be located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The City of Cape Town has given the green light for a new development that will house Amazon's new African headquarters.

This comes just a week after Twitter revealed Ghana as the site of its first African headquarters and office.

The River Club golf course and conference center in Observatory, which is owned by the Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust, has been given permission to begin developing the 15-hectare parcel of property.

The plan is to construct a 150,000 square meter mixed-use space that will be divided into two precincts for industrial and residential uses. A total of 31,900 square meters will be used for residential purposes, according to the developer.

According to the area, the development would include both market-driven and affordable housing options, with the latter being physically incorporated with the other apartments in the complexes.

In the construction process alone, 5,239 jobs are expected to be generated. According to the company, the project would generate up to 19,000 indirect and induced jobs.

“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.

River Club

The development has been accepted as a design, but there are conditions attached that require the developer to apply specific proposals on a variety of development aspects, according to Plato.

The plan will be carried out in stages, with construction expected to take three to five years.

Precinct 1 is a mixed-use building with nearly 60,000 square meters of floor space. Precinct 2 will house Amazon's headquarters, which will span 70,000 square meters.