Area Profile

Cape Town:


Cape Town is not only the economic hub of the Western Cape, it is also the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa and voted as one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world. The area includes the provinces' primary harbour, airport and the legislative capital of South Africa. The combination of wine, wheat and fruit farming, with Table Mountain and the magnificent coastline, provides for every tourist and resident need, from fine dining, wine tasting, hiking, and adrenalin driven sports like kite surfing. UCT is a well established and highly respected university ranking in the top 100 in the world, UWC and CPUT provide world class tertiary education. The city has well established, industrial, office and retail corridors, leading to a number of decentralised business nodes. Cape Town has the highest entrepreneurship levels in South Africa and continues to encourage business start-up with initiatives such as 'Cape Town Activa'. Cape Town has the second biggest harbour in South Africa.

The City of Cape Town are developing BRT public transport to compliment the already well established rail and road routes. The BRT already links the city centre to the airport and Table View with Busses every 15 minutes.

The Cape Town metropole is divided into the following areas:

City Bowl:

The City Bowl is one of the most beautiful commercial areas in the world. Its amphitheatre shaped landscape includes the central business district (CBD) of Cape Town, ensconced between Devils Peak and the harbour. It includes a broad mix of high quality retail, premier grade offices, to diversified industrial. All major arterial routes culminate in the CBD. The City Bowl is a vibrant node with first world connectivity.



Northern Suburbs:

Situated midway between Cape Town and Stellenbosch/Paarl, providing an interface between the wine and farming communities and the capital, a modern well planner junction providing prime office, retail and industrial facilities. Easily accessible from the arterial routes of the N1, N2 and R300 in close proximity to the Airport. The Northern Suburbs offers some of the most popular and biggest shopping centres in the Western Cape including Tygervalley and Cape Gate, a regional shopping Centre. Residential areas are flanked by wine farms offering wonderful lifestyle.



Atlantic Seaboard:

This cosmopolitan area hosts a blend of exclusive residential complexes, upmarket resorts and hotels. Demand for commercial space frequently outstrips supply, as expansion is limited by land supply. The development of the V&A Waterfront has provided the area with Prime offices, upmarket accommodation, First world retail and five star hotels. Commercial areas within the Atlantic Seaboard benefit from their proximity to the CBD and the Waterfront, which provides world-class retail and office competition.

Hout Bay, is where the Atlantic Seaboard and Southern Suburbs meet, the node is boosted by tourism and the thriving maritime industry that complements the diverse mix of commercial areas.


Southern Suburbs:

The Southern Suburbs benefits from its protected location to the southeast of Table Mountain. With rich valleys and wine estates, dominated by the Constantiaberg. The suburbs have the highest concentration of outstanding schools, resulting in a highly sought after residential area, which in turn demands upmarket office and retail nodes. The area is highly accessible via the M5 and M3, served by Main Road and the southern rail line which snakes from the city centre to Fish Hoek. A balanced mix of residential neighbourhoods provide access to an educated, multilingual and well trained work force. The southern suburbs provides a mix of retail, office and industrial, catering for lower through to upper income groups with two excellent shopping centres in the Blue Route and Cavendish Square, with a good selection of Neighbourhood Centres as well as low density low grade through to premium grade offices. The area has a number of light industrial roads, between the M3 and the railway line, the Municipality are currently building a BRT connecting the Cape Flats to Wynberg and Claremont, the larger CBD’s in the southern suburbs.


South Peninsula:

Made up of abutting coastal towns, unified by the southern Rail system, Main Road and Ou Kaapse Weg. Spectacular setting located near the Southern tip of Africa. The road system is well planned and access to the city (35Km) and airport (50Km) is relatively easy and stress free. The peninsula experiences a more relaxed life style and enjoys a mixture of low density office, light industrial and retail. The maritime industry hosts a large government presence for the South African Navy. The area attracts a large number of tourist for its natural beauty and vast nature reserves.


Airport & Cape Flats:

Located to the southeast of the Central Business District of Cape Town. The area is easily accessible, with close links to the N2, M5, R300 and the airport. Commercial interest will benefit from the ‘MyCity’ transport network making it possible to offer transport to a highly populated area. The Cape Flats is mainly known for its vast industrial and farming areas. This area has gained popularity because of a good supply of vacant land that is competitively priced, allowing the area to develop itself into a warehouse node in Cape Town.



The Helderberg area has a distinctive landscape, nestled between the Helderberg Mountain Range and the Atlantic Ocean, situated approximately 45 kilometres from the Cape Town CBD. The main economic areas of Heldeberg are: Somerset West and Strand CBD. The region has benefited from recent industrial and residential development. Agricultural land was converted to housing estates and two large manufacturers who owned massive tracts of industrial land subdivided and sold the land, which lead to speculative and tenant driven development. It benefits from its location at the beginning of the N2, providing a transport link between Cape Town and Durban through the eastern coastal regions of South Africa. Helderberg like the northern suburbs is a junction of industry, affluent farming, tourism and upmarket residential, the area has a proliferation of excellent private schools and is a short commute from Stellenbosch and Cape Town, making it an attractive commercial option.



West Coast:

The West Coast benefits from close proximity to the Harbour and CBD. The area has excellent transport links to the highways and is benefiting from introduction of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Networkon the R27. The surrounding residential area provide an abundance of labour for the industrial sector but also encourages a variety of mixed use office and retail nodes. The ‘Wescape’ development project that includes private sector development has identified areas within the West Coast that will become significant industrial nodes.