Planned Future Skills Development and Innovation Centres

Name and background of
applicant / developer
George Municipality (development at the Garden Route dam); South Cape College
(new campus for college)
Core focus sector Education, training and skills development
Total project investment ZAR1.8 billion
Sources of funding Public, private and donor funding
Possible incentives available George Municipality has an incentive policy in place and investors are encouraged to apply for incentives.
Project status Public participation processes for the university are in the process of being concluded. The planning for upgrading of services and roads infrastructure for the South Cape College precinct is at an advanced stage of completion. Land use and EIA applications must still be undertaken for certain sites in the precinct.
Partnerships Public-private partnerships
Full contact details of project lead Project Management; Donald Gelderbloem, Manager Properties, George Municipality,
Incentives; Joan Shaw,, 0814129995

Several development initiatives aimed at skills development and innovation are envisaged and offered in George. The proposed Garden Route university precinct development at the Garden Route dam envisions a future campus with a university and/or research and innovation centre, a waterfront commercial development, hotel, medium density residential/group housing, apartments, student housing and sport recreation facilities encompassed by parks and natural areas. This proposed development seeks to strengthen George as an academic hub and will potentially stimulate investment in the nearby nodes.

Another development opportunity earmarked on a site situated 3km from the George CBD, north of the R102 en-route to the George Airport, is a new campus for South Cape College. This precinct offers some potential for mixed-use development, including residential, medical, research and conferencing. Hospital, commercial, social housing developments, regional facilities and other residential developments are being planned in the precinct.

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