Rosslyn Hub, officially launched on Friday 18 May, celebrated the sod-turning of the development with a braai for members of the community and the signing on by 800 people for training and development opportunities.
Councillor Solly Msimanga, Mayor for the City of Tshwane, welcomed the launch of the privately funded R 3-billion Rosslyn Hub mixed-use development, that would help unlock the first R50bn of private sector investment into the Tshwane Auto City. The mayor told attendees that “The City of Tshwane is committed to ensuring the success of Rosslyn Hub and the greater Tshwane Automotive City, in order to grow job opportunities close to where people work”.

This would correct the mistakes of the past by allowing people to live within walking distance from work. He also confirmed the city would work together with the private sector to build the roads and provide the infrastructure required to encourage investment.

He said “The Auto industry is one of the largest employers and contributors to the country’s economy and we are proud to be able to be the home of the Africa’s first auto city. Through collaboration and a common vision by all stakeholders involved, we will soon declare this economic node, the second CBD of Tshwane on the doorstep of Garankuwa, Soshanguve and Mabopane”.

In addition to the opportunities to create jobs, Rosslyn Hub will bring a clinic, university, student residence and a school to the area, providing opportunities for students and residents to live closer to their educational institutions and employment. The shopping precinct and link road will be ready by November 2019 and the first student accommodation will be ready by January 2020.

Additionally, the 100-hectare development will include 1,200 houses and 250 rental apartments, a logistics park with a vehicle distribution centre, linked to a new Transnet Logistics Rail Hub and a regional shopping centre, hotel and conference centre, with an outdoor automotive pavilion.

Brendan Falkson, a director at Rosslyn Hub, told reporters at the launch that the development was a crucial step towards the creation of the Tshwane Auto City (TAC). This, he continued, is a vision shared by government and the automotive industry to transform the area into the leading automotive investment destination in Africa.

“Through collaboration and a common shared vision, we are able to involve all stakeholders from the beginning of the project while building Africa’s first Auto City. We are particularly pleased that the 10-year first phase of the Tshwane Auto City project will generate R50-billion worth of private investment. The entire project will create an estimated 160 000 direct and indirect jobs.”

Ultimately, Rosslyn will be home to an array of automotive suppliers, emulating well-established automotive cities in other parts of the world. This will effectively create a second “CBD” in the north-west of Tshwane — a city within a city — that will enable workers to walk to work and re-dress the poor land decisions of the past.

In 2009, the Automotive Investment Development Centre (AIDC), a wholly owned government subsidiary, was tasked with project managing the Tshwane Auto City. The AIDC 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 then a Master Plan, to show how this vision could be achieved.

Says Falkson: “The support and assistance we have received from both the City of Tshwane and the Gauteng government, has enabled us to re-design our layout 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 new link road for the new Transnet approved Logistics Hub.”

About Rosslyn Hub 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.

For more information, visit www.rosslynhub.co.za