Mixed-use Rosslyn Hub set to become automotive capital of Africa

An artist's impression of the mixed-use development, Rosslyn Hub.
An artist's impression of the mixed-use development, Rosslyn Hub.

The City of Tswane’s Rosslyn Hub is set to become the automotive capital of Africa. The R3 billion mixed-use development is scheduled to launch on the 16th of May 2018.

The development of Rosslyn Hub is seen as a crucial step towards the creation of the Tshwane Auto City, a vision shared by government and the automotive industry to transform the area into the leading automotive investment destination in Africa. This Auto City is a R50 billion project, funded by a private sector investment and it could be a blue print on how to develop Africa’s future Smart Cities in a sustainable way.

Brendan Falkson, Director of Rosslyn Hub says that Rosslyn, which is already home to four automotive plants such as 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. This will create a second ‘CBD’ in the north-west of Tshwane on the doorstep of Garankuwa and Soshanguve which will be anchored by a labour intensive automotive manufacturing core that will enable workers to walk to work and to redress the poor land decisions of the past.

Through collaboration and a common shared vision, the city’s building will unlock private sector investment with the shared vision being Africa’s first Auto City, whilst the collaboration is achieved by involving all stake-holders right from the beginning. In 2012, the Automotive Investment Development Centre, wholly owned government subsidiary, was tasked with project managing the Tshwane Auto City. Through this process, the Automotive Investment Development Centre brought the major role-players in the auto industry, private sector developers and land-owners together with the key city, provincial and parastatal players in order to draw up a Spatial Development Framework and a Master Plan to show how this vision could be achieved.

Through this process, developers of Rosslyn Hub, worked with the AIDC in order to align their development with the vision of the Tshwane Auto City.

“Although the re-design and town-planning changes seemed pain-full at the time, we could see the long term benefits for ourselves and the region, of the Tshwane Auto City’s impact, the support and assistance we have received from both the City of Tshwane and the Gauteng government, has enabled us to re-design our lay-out to address six of the key components required for the Auto City. The most important of these is to provide a logistics node, vehicle distribution centre and main access road for the new Transnet approved Logistics Hub” said Falkson.

The master plan was able to identify the key access road that is required to be built by government to unlock the project. This road will enable the logistics hub required for the auto industry to be linked to the N4 highway and Transnet’s freight line- a key component in achieving export efficiencies. At the same time the northern portion of the road will link the +- 500 000 people in the greater Garankuwa & Soshanguve with work opportunities and transport nodes within Rosslyn and the Auto City. For the first time, the entry level workers will be able to live within walking distance of work. The money and time saved on transport can be directly invested in assets like homes, whilst increasing the time available for family time and quality of life. By bringing more people into Rosslyn, this road will also trigger a R 3-billion, private sector investment in Rosslyn Hub, which in turn will act as a catalyst for the R 50-billion Tshwane Auto City.

Rosslyn Hub will include:

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

All this within a secure, pedestrian-friendly environment.