The City of Ekurhuleni will be hosting the Aerotropolis Industrial Cluster Development and Investment Conference

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The City of Ekurhuleni will be hosting the Aerotropolis Industrial Cluster Development and Investment Conference on 17 and 18 November 2015 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park.

Ekurhuleni plans include R300-billion in upgrades to OR Tambo International Airport

The conference is set to reveal the City’s master plan for the Gauteng City Region Aerotropolis. The plan includes R300-billion in upgrades to OR Tambo International Airport, which will see rapid growth in passengers arriving at the airport, from 19-million passengers to 28-million every year, as well as drawing investment in the rapidly growing industrial areas around the airport – one of Gauteng’s top growth nodes.

Ekurhuleni has already made plans for a bus rapid transport system to start operating around the airport by 2016. Further plans include launching a R2-billion fibre network and extending the Gautrain route as far as Randburg.

To fund these ambitious plans, Ekurhuleni is calling on the support of manufacturers, logistics experts, transport and industrial operators.

Riverfields has been identified by Ekurhuleni as a strategic mega-project that is key to achieving its Aerotropolis vision and objectives. The development creates an excellent link between the Aerotropolis and Tembisa, unlocking economic and employment growth for Tembisa and the greater Kempton Park while consolidating a major mixed-use development along the Albertina Sisulu Corridor to Tshwane.

To contextualise these opportunities, Erky Wood from GAPP Architects & Urban Designers will be speaking on behalf of Riverfields at a panel discussion on the second and final day of the Aerotropolis Industrial Cluster Development and Investment Conference, under the topic Aerotropolis Value Proposition on Competitiveness, Industrialisation and Investment.

Riverfields will also be showcased throughout the conference at the exhibition, should investors and those interested in growing with Riverfields and the City of Ekurhuleni wish to receive more information.

To date, Riverfields has contributed to the growth of Ekurhuleni municipality by:

  • Constructing an R80-million underpass along the R21 and Witfontein 52 roads, to improve accessibility and ease of movement for motorists, commuters, pedestrians and cyclists to Riverfields
  • Spending a further R1.1-billion on the construction of external engineering services, such as new roads, sewer lines, water reticulation and electrical infrastructure, to Riverfields (most of which will be handed over to the municipality for the benefit of the wider community)
  • Creating a total of 160 000 employment opportunities.

Opportunities at Riverfields are vast – from investment and development, and further broken down to logistics and warehousing, corporate offices, leisure and hotel facilities, and retail, as well as residential housing. Strategically located within immediate access to the Albertina Sisulu highway, Riverfields also does not experience traffic congestion that other commercial hubs such as Sandton do.

“Participating in this important conference is but one of the ways in which Riverfields is consolidating its excellent relationships with the City of Ekurhuleni – a partnership we value greatly,” says Lardus Erasmus, director of the Riverfields Development Company.

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