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Retail giant, Amazon, to set up South African headquarters – 5,239 jobs will be created in the construction phase alone

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The City of Cape Town in South Africa will be the new home of retail giant Amazon in Africa.

The move leads to the development design that intends to create a 150,000 square metre mixed-use space, divided into commercial and housing uses across two precincts. The developer intends 31,900 square metres to be used for residential purposes.

Business Tech reports that, It is envisaged that 5,239 jobs will be created in the construction phase alone. The project will also create up to 19,000 indirect and induced jobs, it said.

The development will include both market-driven and affordable housing opportunities – the latter of which will be physically integrated with the other residential units in the apartment complexes.

“The planned mixed-use development will be a significant boost to the economy and the people of Cape Town in the aftermath of the national Covid-19 lockdown,” said City mayor Dan Plato.

“The city has carefully and thoroughly considered all of the submissions and concerns during the appeal process. We are acutely aware of the need to balance investment and job creation, along with heritage and planning considerations.

“It is clear that this development offers many economic, social and environmental benefits for the area. We are committed to driving investment to revitalise the economy, which is slowly recovering following the impact of Covid-19,” said Plato.

Major tech companies in the US are moving to the African continent, only recently, twitter announced a moved to Accra Ghana – The development for Amazon, is envisaged to take place in phases, with construction set to take place over three to five years.

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