From the left, Timmy Cloete, Investment Area Manager at Drakenstein Municipality; Alderman Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor; Councillor Laurichia van Niekerk, Mayoral Committee Member for Planning and Economic Development; and Jan Hanekom, architect on the Nissan My Ride development.

Nissan Rides into Town Part of Drakenstein Municipality’s manifesto for the next five years is to promote Drakenstein as a business and investment destination. This initiative is already showing results, with several large developments currently underway. One of them is the Nissan My Ride development on the R101, which will be the car manufacturer’s regional headquarters upon completion. According to Jan Hanekom, principal agent on this project, it is the largest building that is currently being constructed in Paarl. It comprises a storeroom, two showrooms, offices, a basement, a waste storeroom, and more.

The project is part of the Griffin Junction Estate which is currently worth more than R100 million. So far 290 job opportunities have been created, and it is envisaged that there will be 75 permanent job opportunities after completion. The value of the building will be R70 million. Hanekom’s company, Jan Hanekom Partnership, are the architects on this project and also the town planners on the Paarl Junction Project. “The more corporates we can get to move here, the better for Drakenstein’s economy,” he says. “At the moment the value of the project is approximately R61 million; so, it is a huge amount that is going into the ground here. We are planning to finish the showroom at the end of July and the occupants will move in by the end of August.”


VARS | July

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