Eastern Commercial Node Expansion Area

Name and background of
applicant / developer
Bitou Municipality and private sector JV
Core focus sector Marine
Total project investment ZAR100million
Project status Pre-feasibility
Full contact details of project lead Bitou Municipality, LED Department: Lesley Jacobs; ljacobs@plett.gov.za
Potential jobs created Thousands during construction, hundreds of temporary jobs

This area, commonly referred to as the Destiny Africa Development, is located to the south-eastern side of George between the N2 and the Indian Ocean. The Garden Route Mall and Eden Meander shopping centres are located to the north on the opposite side of N2. The eastern node is identified as a medium to long term growth area. The project will combine business, learning and leisure into a so-called smart city. Precincts include a business park with an incubator, a university cluster and research centre, about 7 000 residential units, ecotourism, as well as medical facilities and retail opportunities at the Garden Route Mall and Eden Meander. A new crossing over the N2 is considered, linking existing development with the planned adjacent commercial node.

Further development opportunities also exist in existing developed area, commonly known as Eden Meander and includes the Garden Route Mall. It is located at the south-eastern entrance of George to the northwest of the Knysna Road/ N2 Intersection, and opportunities include an office park, flats and Big Box retail.