Firms Show Interest in Atlantis ‘Green’ Hub
THE CITY of Cape Town’s attempts to create a green technology manufacturing hub in Atlantis is beginning to bear fruit with at least two large companies showing interest in establishing themselves in an area where employment opportunities are desperately needed.
Following the approval of a land release procedure by the council in December last year and subsequent adverts in the press calling for companies to apply for land, there had been 11 downloads of the land application documents on the city’s website, according to the City of Cape Town Executive Deputy Mayor, Ian Nielson.
Nielson said two vacant portions of land within the existing Atlantis industrial area have been made available for manufacturers of green technology such as wind turbines and solar panels and associated products. The land would be allocated within a short time frame and at competitive land prices to interested applicants qualifying in terms of green technology criteria.
He said applicants would apply to purchase or lease their preferred portions of land designated for the establishment of the green technology manufacturing cluster in Atlantis and the applied portions would be allocated in proximity to each other in to promote cluster development. Nielson said the city and the provincial government have already facilitated the initiation of environmental approvals to further expedite the ability of applicants to contract with the city and speed up bureaucratic processes before manufacturing could begin.