Central Karoo District Executive Mayor Gayton McKenzie has pumped in another investment into Beaufort West following his announcement of a major construction of an R4,5 billion logistics hub which will create jobs for locals.
MAYOR GAYTON MCKENZIE ON WHY THE LOGISTICS HUB IS A GOOD INVESTMENT
“Beaufort West is in the middle of South Africa, it only makes sense to turn it into a major player in logistics,” said McKenzie.
“We planned very hard and succeeded. A major company won the rights to construct a 4,5 billion logistics hub.”Mayor Gayton McKenzie
R4,5 BILLION INVESTMENT TO CREATE PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT
“I’m beyond excited about the jobs. The first phase starts soon and thousands will get permanent jobs. This will be a legacy project, many tried previously and failed, we did it, partners,” McKenzie said, who attributed this success to his plan to transform the Karoo into Dubai.
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McKenzie shared a sneak peek of the plan illustrating the massive project which comprises warehouses, trucks and road infrastructure.
According to Africa News Global, it is envisioned that the facility will change the face of logistics and distribution throughout the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State and North West, since Beaufort West is a connecting node for thousands of trucks each day travelling on the N1.
ROLE PLAYERS INVOLVED ON THIS MASSIVE PROJECT
The project is reported to be 100% black owned and is being fully funded by the developer, BW Power.
Some of the experienced consulting and partner companies involved with the hub include Smit & Fisher Architects, Icon Civil Engineering, Urban Econ Development Economists, ITS Traffic Engineering, Groenberg Environmental and Urban Dynamics Town Planning, Africa News Global further reported.
About the phases of the project:
- Phase 1 will take place over 15ha, of land which BW Power will be buying from the municipality.
- Phase 2 is likely to cover a much larger area of 100ha, possibly in partnership with the council or through another outright land purchase.