Tshwane unveils plans to become Africa’s automotive capital

Tshwane unveils plans to become Africa’s automotive capital

Artist’s impression of Rosslyn Hub, a new R3 billion mixed use development in Tshwane.

Rosslyn Hub, a R3 billion mixed use development that will enable the city of Tshwane to become the automotive capital of Africa was launched at the recent African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

“The development of Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the Tshwane Auto City (TAC) – a vision shared by government and the automotive industry to transform the area into the leading automotive investment destination in Africa,” says Brendan Falkson, director of Rosslyn Hub.

“It is envisioned that Rosslyn, which is already home to four automotive plants – BMW, Nissan, Iveco and Tata – along with an array of automotive suppliers, will emulate well-established automotive cities like those in Spain, China, Germany and Japan.”

Rosslyn Hub will include the following, within a secure, pedestrian-friendly environment:

  • 1 200 houses and 250 rental apartments.
  • A crèche, a primary school and a high school.
  • A university with student housing.
  • Two shopping centres, a value centre and a filling station.
  • A logistics park and vehicle distribution centre, with access to a world class rail logistics hub.
  • A truck staging area and a truck stop.
  • Motor showrooms and a motor retail area.
  • A hospital and a clinic.
  • A hotel and a conference centre.
  • An outdoor automotive pavilion.

The Rosslyn Hub team and the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) presented their vision at the African Smart Cities Summit on May 16 with a presentation and discussion titled ‘A public private collaboration in action’.

This was followed by the official launch of the development and a networking reception, where the project was showcased to an audience of media members and representatives from the Gauteng Provincial Government and City of Tshwane.

“The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo and Smart Cities Summit jointly attracted over 9 000 key public and private stakeholders from across the continent, so it was the perfect platform for showing what is possible for the future of African cities,” says Falkson.