Opportunities for Aligned Partners
The innovation precinct will also be home to mission-driven partners committed to growing innovation and entrepreneurism in South Africa. Corporates in the fields of clean energy, biotech, agritech, the internet of things, sports and gaming, and other innovative spheres are invited to make use of this unique opportunity to build a carefully curated innovation ecosystem within Africa’s only university-backed Smart City – while at the same time making an impact and contributing to the broader community.
The opportunities for aligned partners in the Stellenbosch Bridge innovation precinct include:
- A curated combination of complementary businesses and services
- Office and laboratory space in a science park environment with a top university as anchor tenant
- Research collaboration
- Sports opportunities and development
- Benefitting from industry clusters
- Corporate venture services
- Housing for staff
- Events and conferences
- Access to talent
- Job creation for the Klapmuts community.
The Stellenbosch region is the ideal environment for African innovation activity. It offers Africa’s greatest connected network of services, expertise and resources critical to startup success:
- Stellenbosch University is ranked as one of the Top 3 in Africa
- 111 patents have been generated since 2009 – the highest number in
- Several JSE-listed companies have their global headquarters in
- Stellenbosch has the largest concentration of US dollar millionaires in
The innovation precinct will enable various sectors to build partnerships and tap into knowledge to launch new entrepreneurial activities. It will also help established businesses improve their competitiveness and innovative capacity – pushing the boundaries and developing the solutions to some of our world’s biggest challenges. In short, it will be the place that the world’s creatives, techies, tinkerers and big thinkers need to be in order to innovate – where the best talent will be inspired and nurtured in order to create a better life for all.
Stellenbosch Bridge will be a modern yet ‘green’ urban space where business hubs, technology, commercial and retail precincts, institutions of higher learning, residential areas, green smart living, top-notch culture and sports centres, as well as a school and medical facilities are effectively and seamlessly integrated to create a connected and vibrant living and working environment.
The city will be economically connected both internally and externally – with high-speed internet, smart technological and social innovation, and entrepreneurship at its core. Both higher and lower density residential areas will connect communities in a safe and secure environment, while green living will be woven into all elements of the development.
An important focus will be on ensuring long-term sustainability through active precinct curatorship – one of the key facets of a smart urban environment. The emphasis will be on effective and optimal management of all natural resources, including fresh water and clean energy, to increase resilience, drive efficiencies and enhance the lives of all who live and work at Stellenbosch Bridge.
Environment and Architecture
The development of Stellenbosch Bridge will take its cue from the breathtaking vistas of the Cape winelands, Table Mountain to the west, the Drakenstein mountains to the east, the Paardenberg and Swartland to the north, and Simonsberg to the south. The architectural design will pay homage to the unique Cape heritage, while also embracing the environmental challenges of our time and using innovative strategies to uphold a commitment to greener living – including a 20-hectare solar plant.
Health and wellness are key considerations, and the design will make provision for extensive natural green spaces for relaxing and outdoor activities for the whole family, such as leisurely walks, running and cycling along designated tracks and around Klapmuts Hill overlooking the development. Children will able to cycle or walk to school in a safe environment.
Stellenbosch Bridge will be home to the largest labyrinth on the continent. Inspired by the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France, the 13-circuit Great Labyrinth of Africa will be created out of 96 000 spekboom trees. These succulent trees are native to South Africa
– they live to be 200 years old, and are 10 times more effective at reducing carbon than tropical rainforest trees.
This global landmark will serve as a living monument to environmental preservation for our country and planet. It will also empower previously disadvantaged people from local communities to earn sustainable livelihoods – a network of micro-tree nurseries has already been created to supply the spekboom trees for the labyrinth.
“An African First – Stellenbosch Bridge are aiming to be the largest and greenest Sustainable Precinct in Africa!”
Stellenbosch Bridge will benefit the broader community in the region. It will be developed near the bustling little town of Klapmuts – job creation for the residents of the town and surrounding areas is top of mind in all planning activities. All development will be inclusive – it will create opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, and will include training and upskilling of local communities.
Smart Cities are about spatial and urban ecosystems with technology, alternative energy, and active water and waste management a way of life. But Stellenbosch Bridge is about more than just the development and promotion of technology – it’s about people. Through this remarkable development, a vibrant community will be established where people are efficient, interactive, engaging and adaptive. Through its connectedness, this environment will facilitate the building of bridges locally, throughout Africa and into the world.