A major mixed-use development aimed at preserving the culture of SA’s indigenous people has been given the environmental go-head.

The River Club re-development in Observatory, Cape Town, will serve as a first-of-its-kind landmark in the city, embracing the cultures central to the First Nations Collective, which comprise the Gorinhaiqua, Gorachouqua, Cochoqua, Griqua Royal Council, the San Traditional Royal House, and the National Khoi and San Council.

This will be achieved via a cultural and media centre, an indigenous medicinal garden that will be planted, cultivated and used by the First Nations people, as well as a heritage-eco trail and garden amphitheatre for use by the First Nations and the general public. The project, which has been approved by Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning as well as the City of Cape Town’s Municipal Planning Tribunal, will create more than 6 000 direct jobs, about 5 200 of them during construction. A further 13 000 indirect and induced jobs will be created by the tenants that occupy the offices, residential and retail spaces forming part of the project.

Residential use will comprise 20% of the development, of which one-fifth will be dedicated to developer-subsidised inclusionary housing.

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