Investing in Ekurhuleni: exciting developments shaping the area
At a tourism conference earlier this month, Ekurhuleni Finance and Economic Development MMC Doctor Xhakaza announced that Ekurhuleni is set to become a focus area for tourism opportunities in Gauteng.
There are plans for a tourist information centre at OR Tambo International Airport, the development of a Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) museum and conference venue, and R10-million to develop a tourist hub in the Thokoza neighborhood.
“These interventions are aimed at making Ekurhuleni globally known and to ensure that we strengthen the development of our local products and citizens’ standards of living, and also strengthen our local businesses in order to alleviate unemployment and attract tourists,” Xhakaza explained.
Ekurhuleni (also referred to as the East Rand) boasts thriving business and retail centres, preserved wetlands and lakes, casinos, mega shopping outlets, nature reserves, lively townships and historical towns. It’s also a stone’s throw from South Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, OR Tambo International Airport. Currently, Ekurhuleni sees about 2.2-million tourists visiting these attractions each year.
Ekurhuleni is brimming with tourism opportunities, with over 200 golfing facilities and water bodies. Add state-of-the-art office and warehousing space and sustainable residential villages like Riverfields and its proximity to major highways and OR Tambo International Airport, and the district is a hotspot development area, offering a number of opportunities.
Exciting developments currently shaping Ekurhuleni:
Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate
Serengeti is Ekurhuleni’s premier luxury golf and wildlife estate. It is located just 15km from OR Tambo International Airport, and features a gorgeous residential development, a pristine golf course, and 280ha of untamed grasslands, rehabilitated wetlands and a variety of buck and birdlife. Visitors can enjoy these either on foot, by bike or on horseback (there are17km of bridled paths). Where else in the world can you take a 10-minute drive to luxury in the bushveld straight from flying into the airport?
Twenty One Industrial Estate
Twenty One Industrial Estate was initially built with the goal of infrastructure development in Ekurhuleni. Using clever design, the estate’s architects have created one of the most high-tech and visually pleasing industrial parks in the area. Set along the Albertina Sisulu Highway (R21), Twenty One Industrial Estate promises to house exciting businesses with the ease of its close proximity to OR Tambo Airport, opens an opportunity for business tourism.
Riverfields Boulevard underpass
A massive infrastructure investment from Riverfields Development Company, the Riverfields Boulevard pass that was completed in November 2015 forms an important carriageway connecting the wider Ekurhuleni metropolitan area. Other notable infrastructure developments by Riverfields include the completion of Monument Road and the installation of traffic lights along the R23, as well as the soon-to-be-finished Riverfields Retail Mall. It is said that roads are the veins that keep an economy beating. Well, if this is true, then the roads that Riverfields has developed will soon allow for an influx of tourism, business and investment.