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Rainbow Junction – the Capital City of South Africa’s most exciting and aspirational destination address. This new economic node in the heart of the City of Tshwane, just north of the Magaliesburg and only 6km from Pretoria’s CBD, is destined to become Africa’s New Business Gateway.


Some highlighted attributes:
New economic business node set within a 140 ha green field site within heart of the South Africa’s Capital, the City of Tshwane
High density mixed use development comprising 550 000m2 of development – a new centrally managed Urban Core
Integrated development mix of office and corporate parks; a unique African-styled tower-block building; dynamic retail mix interspersed with public piazzas and pavement-cafés; an activity spine for lively high-street living; world-class hotels; residential developments; and clean industry
38ha of open space integrated with 4km of river frontage
Positioned with excellent access to major roads, rail, air (Wonderboom Airport) transport networks with pedestrian friendly accessibility throughout
Catalytic project within the Zone of Choice – City of Tshwane priority development zone
Creation of 27 300 permanent jobs

About the Development - A NEW URBAN NODE
This new economic node comprises a mixed basket of land-uses of approximately 1 200 high-density residential units, office and corporate parks, a mix of large and small retail developments, hotels and a private hospital, as well as community & recreational facilities & spaces. It includes a unique African-styled tower-block building rising above the dominant retail component; public piazzas for social gatherings and pavement-cafés with music and public art displays; and an activity spine for lively high-street living.

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Rainbow Junction enjoys Priority Status with the City of Tshwane, and as such works in a collaborative relationship with the local authority towards the expediting of enablement processes and infrastructural provision.

All project enablement approvals have been achieved, which will culminate in the conclusion of Service Level Agreements currently in negotiation with the local authority, to be timed with the release of each sub-divided phase of the development.


Environmental Approval: A detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process was undertaken which included detailed planning of key sensitive areas of the development, especially along the river edge. The process resulted in a positive Record of Decision (ROD) for the Environmental Impact Assessment being granted in 2009 by the Gauteng Province.


Heritage Impact Assessment approval. A positive Record of Decision (ROD) was granted by the Gauteng Province in June 2010.


Technical formal approvals with Conditions of Establishment from the City of Tshwane were granted in January 2011 on the first four townships.


Off the back of final design and approvals of Council infrastructural road and storm water supporting projects, technical formal approvals with Conditions of Establishment were granted in December 2011 on the remaining two townships


The infrastructural projects in the pipeline comprise:
upgrades to important road networks, improving access and traffic congestion
storm water control and environmental rehabilitation of the Apies River
electrical upgrade to local substation concluded in 2011
As such, these will provide adequate infrastructure in support of the Rainbow Junction precincts as well as surrounding areas to the development within the Zone of Choice.

Rainbow Junction is currently in final planning phases, in negotiation with strategic market players, and poised to begin implementation in the latter half of 2012.

View of the Project:
http://youtu.be/i8UIBCMtvFs

LocationThe 140ha site is positioned 6km north of the Pretoria CBD starting at the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains, effectively positioned as the northern gateway to the City.

Geographically, this important site is strategically situated in the centre of the City of Tshwane’s demarcated municipal borders at major junctions of road and rail, and served by the Wonderboom Airport, all in close proximity.

The property is bordered by the Apies River in the east, running the full extent of the development. Major roads include the M1 Paul Kruger St Ext. being the main northern arterial route serving the City, with key linkages to the N4 Platinum Highway just to the north (on completion of the K97 link), as well as Zambezi Drive linking the N1 to the east.

The site is flanked by Wonderboom Nature Reserve in the south and by the K8 Mabopane/Rosslyn road in the north providing a western linkage, which leads to the Rosslyn industrial zone.

The main North-South railway line is also ideally situated along the western border, passing through the major transport node and modal interchange at Wonderboom Station.

The development is further strategically positioned within 2km and easy access to the Wonderboom Airport.


 

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Well, it's huge from what I can gather from the Youtube video... It is stated that Tshwane is the 3rd largest metro in the world. I don't get this! Also that Rosslyn is home to Volkswagen, among others. I was under the impression that VW is in Uitenhage. But I'm just nitpicking now. It seems that Pretoria/Tswhane is very ambitious these days with this in the pipeline and also Centurion's supertalls. But again, I feel a bit skeptical when it comes to megaprojects like these. It has taken Century City in Cape Town 15 years to cover probably less than half of the available land. Is the economic climate really right for a megaproject like this?
 

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Well, you see... that was exactly my point regarding Joburg earlier today. Rather clean up and develop the existing CBD.
 

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I think they mean by area Caisson Boy.
 

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Looks good, but I fail to see how this is going to become Africa's "business gateway." That's surely Sandton...do they expect everyone to pack up and move to here? It's not a huge development by any stretch of the imagination.
 

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Johan 15, that is the only conclusion I have too... but what is the value of such a feat? It just means that there is a lot of open space, or that development has been low density and sprawling. Not exactly something to be proud of.
 

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Can you imagine what a bulk investment like that would mean for the CBD (that is much more competitively situated and has key infrastructure connections)? I understand the "dreaming" behind this, bringing economic development zones to those areas that were marginalized by apartheid planning. But actually we need to think more radically about these outlying neighbourhoods. Maybe they are just not viable. Tshwane is one of the largest metropolitans in the world based on size. It is a massive sprawl. And maybe we need to just declare many of these areas de-funct, as they were never meant to be self-sustaining and economically realistic (they were dumping places for the overspill of labour from the key center). Rather invest in the CBD. Bring people from these far-flung villages and stupid casino areas into the core of the city. Building a CBD in the middle of nowhere is bound to 1. Never happen, due to cost or even worse, 2. Be a massive economic FLOP.

Pie in the sky. IMO not feasible.
 

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Well from what I gather it is not far-flung: it is something like 6km from the CBD. But I concur - more densification of business in the true hub of the city is desirable.
 

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Well from what I gather it is not far-flung: it is something like 6km from the CBD. But I concur - more densification of business in the true hub of the city is desirable.
If I look at the pictures, and if I think of the Rosslyn plant, it is quite far. The Wonderboom Poort is quite far from the city already. But ya, in SA we need to think more strategic, bringing things closer together. It takes too much time to move things around, with massive cost implications.

It is my same argument with the Centurion Towers. Why build them there, when you can redevelop land closer to the Pretoria Station (OK, land availability is a problem), but you get my drift.

One thing must be said. At least Tshwane Metro is dreaming about things. I heard that the BRT is under construction and will open next year.
 

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Johan 15, that is the only conclusion I have too... but what is the value of such a feat? It just means that there is a lot of open space, or that development has been low density and sprawling. Not exactly something to be proud of.
No value at all. In fact it annoys me when I see posters in the city advertising Tshwane as the largest Metropolitan region in the world. Any city can just expand their geographic size and claim to be the largest.
 

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i am confused by the strategy. The metro government is behind this to the north while also behind the one in Centurion? ummm surely you put your emphasis behind one because neither seem particularly sustainable and definately not if jointly worked on
 

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i am confused by the strategy. The metro government is behind this to the north while also behind the one in Centurion? ummm surely you put your emphasis behind one because neither seem particularly sustainable and definately not if jointly worked on
Metros who frequent bankruptcy aren't strategic - they're just desperate to have more (higher) taxable land. That's why we have the sprawl we do in many of our cities and why projects that situate malls outside of small towns have been foolishly passed. They forget that in the longer term stringing out resources/services over a greater (esp when bits in between aren't developed) = a much higher maintenance burden.

Pretoria should rather focus on being (and staying) internationally politically relevant. That's far more of an asset that trying to build a "Sandton" in PTA. At the same time, the City can show leadership and commitment to the country by looking after what they already have.
 

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Just on a side note: I've always thought Pretoria's CBD to be one of the best in the country in terms of density and skyline. Imagine it cleaned up with sidewalks paved (rather than red muddy ones)... I'm not a big fan of our capital city, but it has great potential!!
 

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Just on a side note: I've always thought Pretoria's CBD to be one of the best in the country in terms of density and skyline. Imagine it cleaned up with sidewalks paved (rather than red muddy ones)... I'm not a big fan of our capital city, but it has great potential!!
Pretoria has a reallly pretty skyline. The Reserve Bank is my favorite skyscraper in the country. Neighbourhoods like Berea, Arcadia and even Sunnyside has so much potential!
 

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^ Mine as well! It's like a powerful monolith rising from the ground.

Pretoria is really beautiful. Minor things would make it a world class city. Things like building quality sidewalks, the BRT bus routes they are implementing, revamping older buildings etc.
 

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It does, but ugly concrete sidewalks and there isn't grass next to it so it gets covered in sand when the wind blows. I'm talking about improving them and planting grass next to it to keep the sand off.
 
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