the first truly
I dream of a South Africa where the first entirely new city built in the democratic era rises, with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals and factories.”
Cyril Ramaphosa (SONA 2019)
– South African President
A Unique Opportunity
Stellenbosch Bridge is a one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose development strategically positioned on 340 hectares of land next to the N1 highway between Cape Town and Paarl. It is near the picturesque and internationally renowned university town of Stellenbosch in South Africa’s spectacular Cape winelands.
Touted as potentially the first truly Smart City in Africa, the development will combine innovation and sustainability to create a unique, connected ecosystem in which future residents can live, work, play, invent, contribute and learn, and businesses can grow and make a real and lasting difference.
Stellenbosch Bridge is aiming to become the first Five Green Star community-rated development of its kind in Africa. With Stellenbosch University as an anchor tenant, it will be Africa’s hub for innovation, entrepreneurism and dynamic thinking.
The significant issues our nation is currently grappling with
are well-known: poor economic growth, inequality, rampant unemployment and pressure on limited resources – all of which have been exacerbated over the past few months by the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis. To ensure that our youth can rise above the current challenges, and grow and succeed in life, we urgently need to create jobs, which means we need to actively encourage entrepreneurship in our country – and at the same time, innovation, the cornerstone of any successful business.
Entrepreneurial activity can’t occur in a vacuum, however. If we are to provide solutions to both local and indeed, global challenges, sustainability needs to be at the core of all business creation and growth. We need to find that fine balance between economic growth, meeting societal goals and caring for our environment. This means we require vibrant, entrepreneurial ecosystems, a focus on innovation and sustainability, partnerships between industry and research institutions, and more effective use of available resources. It’s never been more relevant than right now.
To develop a mixed-use, fully integrated and inclusive precinct where technology, information and data is applied to optimise available resources, improve infrastructure and provide efficient services in order to improve quality of life and contribute to a sustainable work, live and play environment.