Amazon Chooses South African for its African Headquarters

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Amazon Chooses South African for its African Headquarters
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Amazon is set to open its African headquarters in South Africa with real estate investment in the region of R4 billion.

Reports in Cape Town said Amazon would be situated at a new development in River Club, a key section of the city.

The 15-hectare parcel of land will cost about R4 billion and include two precincts. Authorities said the first precinct of 60,000sqm would occupy different layers of development, while the second section of 70,000 will hold Amazon headquarters in Africa.

“US retail giant, Amazon, will be the anchor tenant, opening a base of operations on the African continent,” Cape Town city officials said in a statement. “The development is envisaged to take place in phases, with construction set to take place over three to five years.”

Over 5,000 direct construction jobs and 19,000 indirect jobs are expected to be created due to the move, Business Tech reported.

Amazon has had its web engineering giant AWS in South Africa for years, but its main e-commerce services have not been available anywhere on the continent.

This follows the decision of Twitter to open its first African office and headquarters in Ghana, a week ago. According to Twitter, Ghana’s democratic and economic strides made the West African country a highly competitive destination over Nigeria and other countries.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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