South Africa's capital, City of Tshwane, is set to become the automotive capital of Afrika following an approximately $290 million (R3 billion) creation of the Rosslyn Hub. The development of the Rosslyn Hub is a step towards the realization and creation of the Tshwane Auto City (TAC) - a vision by South Africa's government and the automotive industry to transform the area north of the City of Tshwane into a leading automotive investment destination in Afrika.
The official on-site launch will take place in Rosslyn on Friday, 18 May 2018.
“Älthough the re-design and town-planning changes seemed pain-full at the time, we could see the long term benefits for ourselves and the region, of the Tshwane Auto City’s impact. The support and assistance we have received from both the City of Tshwane and the Gauteng government, has enabled us to re-design our lay-out to address six of the key components required for the Auto City. The most important of these is to provide a logistics node, vehicle distribution centre and main access road for the new Transnet approved Logistics Hub,” said Brendan Falkson, Director at Rosslyn Hub.
Falkson went on to add that Rosslyn, which is already home to four car manufacturing plants - BMW, Nissan, Iveco and Tata - along with an array of automotive suppliers, will emulate well-established automotive cities like those found around the world in Spain, China, Germany and Japan. This will create a second ”CBD” in the north-west of Tshwane on the doorstep of Garankuwa and Soshanguve, anchored by a labour intensive automotive manufacturing core that will enable workers to walk to work and re-dress the poor land decisions of the past.
The Rosslyn Hub will include:
1,200 houses and 250 rental apartments;
A crèche, primary and high school;
A university with student housing;
Two shopping centres, a value centre and filling station;
A logistics park and vehicle distribution centre, with access to a world class rail logistics hub;
A truck staging area and truck stop;
Motor showrooms and a motor retail area;
A hospital and clinic;
A hotel and conference centre; and
An outdoor automotive pavilion.