Century City Edits #23

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I S S UE T WENT Y TH REE 1st Quarter 2017

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Valentine Under The Stars concert rocks the Square

welcome to 2017 Although the year has only just started, Century City has already added yet another notch to its belt of firsts with the launch of the Let’s Connect service providing four hours of free Wi-Fi per person per day at Century City Square. And this service is to be systematically rolled out to other open areas where Century City residents, office workers, commuters and visitors congregate, including the Ratanga Road Public Transport Interchange, Central Park and the Intaka Eco-Centre, North Bank Lane, etc. We have no doubt that this will further add to Century City’s appeal as a sought-after residential, commercial and hospitality hub. On a serious note, you would be forgiven for questioning how Century City is still managing to look so lusciously green given that Cape Town is facing extremely stringent water restrictions. It is because we are in the very fortunate position of being able to use treated effluent, which we pump from the Potsdam Waste Water Treatment Works, for the irrigation of Century City’s landscaping. See further details on page 14.

chris’s corner

Chris Blackshaw

ceo | century city property owners’ association

welcome... What a start 2017 has got off to! For starters we had our first Natural Goods Market for the year in January, a Galileo showing and the sensational Valentine Under The Stars concert, and there is a full programme of events and functions going forward. Our hugely popular annual Sports Festival will take place over the first weekend of March. This has been extended by an additional day this year to accommodate a fun golf event, SNAG. Meanwhile our city is continuing to grow, with billions of rands of new development under way or due to start shortly. The Bridgeways precinct will be where much of the new development is concentrated and you can expect to see at least three cranes going up on the site bordering Sable Road in the next few months. These will be used in the construction of Axis, the most luxurious residential development yet seen in Century City, and Sable Park, a 16,000 square metre office park. Hope to see you out and about!

Maggie Rowley

ccpoa communications manager

EDITOR: Maggie Rowley | 021 550 7000 | maggie@rabie.co.za ADVERTISING MANAGER: Bianca Church | 021 552 6889 | bianca@centurycity.co.za DESIGN & LAYOUT: Elinore de Lisle | 083 574 8937 | elinore@iafrica.com COVER PHOTO: Elani de Jager of ‘The Grey’ at Valentine Under The Stars PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrew Swarts


our growing city New investor stock released at Axis, Century City


new batch of onebedroom apartments to meet the needs of investors is being released at Rabie Property Group’s iconic Axis development at Century City. Brian Usher, Sales Director of Property World, the official on-site agents for Rabie, said that following the launch of the R400 million Axis in November last year, and acting on buyer feedback, the developer had gone back to the drawing board to bring more one-bedroom apartments on stream. In all, 15 one-bedroom apartments, all priced at under R3 million, are now included in the mix for the landmark development, which offers a total of 85 one-, two-, three-

and four-bedroom apartments. “Six of these one-bedders have already been snapped up and strong interest is being show in the remaining nine one-bedroom units, eight of which are priced between R2.61 million and R2.98 million. These units range in size from 58 to 74 square metres.” Axis is being developed on a prominent site within the Bridgeways precinct, the bustling new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City that is home to the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, four restaurants, showrooms, offices and apartments, all set around a public open square. “This location, which is only going to grow in stature going

“this location, which is only going to grow in stature going forward, has really strong appeal to the market.”

forward, has really strong appeal to the market and already more than 30 of the 85 apartments have been sold for a total of just under R150 million. “As with our other developments at Century City to date, we expect to be sold out long before construction is completed at the end of 2018.” He says the 11-storey Axis will raise the bar on residential developments at Century City in terms of vistas, luxury and convenience. All apartments will boast high-end finishes, Smeg appliances and will have Fibre To The Home providing them with access to high-speed connectivity, the last of which has become synonymous with Century City. The building will have a state-of-the-art external cladding façade, double glazing on all windows on the outer perimeter and all 29 sea-facing apartments will have the lounge air conditioned. Basement parking will be provided on a ratio of one bay for each one-bedroom apartment and two bays for all two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Basement stores are also available. The ground floor will also comprise a niche restaurant/cocktail bar flowing out onto a terrace, and a boutique retail and office component. A 24-hour concierge in the entrance court will complete the exclusive nature of the development.


our growing city Century City Conference Centre and Hotel is a runaway success


he Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, which opened its doors in February 2016, has proven to be a phenomenal success, exceeding its first-year target of 50,000 guests by hosting this number within the first eight months of the year. And it gets even better. As of February this year, almost 80% of its 2017 target has already been booked with forward bookings stretching into 2020, say joint CEOs Gary Koetser and Glyn Taylor. They say it is not just the domestic market but also the international market that has responded so positively to the venue. “Our initial mandate was to create an additional events and meeting space for the domestic market but, following the immediate interest shown from across the globe, we had to amend this to incorporate the vast international events sector. The result is that business is booming,” says Koetser. According to Taylor, what is particularly pleasing is the high level of repeat business they are seeing, including a number of very large conferences which, instead of rotating to different destinations as is the norm,

have chosen to return to Century City. “It has also proven extremely popular with the local corporate community looking for day conferencing. In fact, we are seeing more than 90% repeat business coming from this segment of the market.”

inject a warmth and vibrancy into what is normally a pretty cold and clinical environment. “But most importantly we have an outstanding management team and first-rate staff, which really makes all the difference.” Taylor said the experience of their guests was their core focus. “We have invested heavily in creating a hotel that is flexible and can meet guests’ needs on any level, while the conferencing venue is easy to navigate, aesthetically pleasing and is at the forefront of worldwide trends.” Koetser says to this end the Conference Centre had been designed to make life easier for event planners – from the 3m wide back-of-house corridors with easy loading to dedicated office and storeroom facilities, to mention just a few. He added that the success of the Conference Centre, which has brought an increased footfall to Century City that might not have visited the precinct otherwise, has had widespread spin-offs for other businesses and stakeholders at Century City, including the hotels, restaurants and retail facilities located there.

“as of february this year, almost 80% of its 2017 target has already been booked.” Koetser and Taylor say a number of factors are driving the success of the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, not least of all that they are both seasoned hoteliers with a keen eye for detail, an understanding of hospitality and an ability to


our growing city Stunning new offices on Sable Road


new development of 16,300 square metres of premium grade offices is to be built on a landmark site fronting onto Sable Road at Century City. Being developed by the Rabie Property Group at a cost of R460 million, Sable Park will comprise two four-storey buildings of 8,000 square metres and 8,300 square metres respectively, each with two levels of underground parking. Designed in a contemporary vernacular by the awardwinning dhk Architects, the buildings will provide high visibility and offer uninterrupted panoramic views of Table Mountain and Table Bay. Negotiations with a blue chip corporate for the larger of the two buildings are well advanced. The second building, which is ideally suited for a large user looking to make a strong corporate statement, is being designed to be flexible and, if

needs be, could be subdivided to accommodate smaller users, says Rabie director, Colin Anderson. Sable Park is situated in the all-green Bridgeways precinct, which has become the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City. The precinct is home to a number of other blue chip companies, including the new Absa regional offices, Chevron, Philip Morris, the Business Centre, Thomson

Reuters, Mastercard, Derivco, Northfund, Gladd Africa and the Rabie Property Group among others. Also located in the precinct is the mixed-use Century City Square, which comprises the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, 15,000 square metres of offices, 51 apartments and five restaurants, pubs and coffee shops surrounding a public square and served by 1,330 parking bays in a super basement and a structured parking garage. Anderson said Sable Park was also being designed as a green development and it was their intention to register it with the GBCSA, aiming for a 4-Star Green Star rating in both the Design v1 and As Built v1 categories. The Bridgeways precinct also boasts a Virgin Active gym and is within easy walking distance of convenience retailing, spas, three other hotels and the Canal Walk Shopping Centre.


city life Canal Walk events KIDS WORLD MONTHLY ACTIVITIES Canal Walk will host exciting Kids World Fun Zone activities throughout the year. There will be a whole lot of fun for the children to enjoy.


THE WEDDING SHOW Canal Walk’s Wedding Show will take place throughout the centre from 24–26 February, 9am to 9pm daily. We will be abuzz with wedding ideas, from gowns, venues, photography, flowers, hiring, cakes and stationery to hair and make-up and so much more. Heart FM will host a cake-decorating competition with listeners, presenters and celebrity judges. To make things even more exciting, one lucky couple will walk away with a spectacular prize valued at R240,000 in our Win a Wedding competition, which will run from 10–28 February.

The annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior Registration will take place on the stage in the Centre Court from 9am to 9pm, 1–4 March. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior event will be held at Cape Town Stadium Precinct on 5 March, with three distances to suit all ages, skill and fitness levels. This event offers young riders the opportunity to enjoy a day of cycling in a safe environment.

Ratanga Junction open for Super Saturdays until 18 March


atanga Junction is extending its summer season opening for Super Saturdays until 18 March. General Manager, Bill Taylor, says the park has been sold out for an exclusive function on the last weekend of March but will re-open daily for the school holidays from 31 March to 17 April. With more than 27 rides and attractions, as well as a varied and exciting live entertainment programme, there is something for everyone at “The Wildest Place in Africa”.

for further details, go to www.ratanga.co.za

Ratanga Junction Theme Park

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and 27 April - 1 May Over 27 attractions for the whole family! Info line: 0861 200 300 www.ratanga.co.za *Terms and conditions apply


city life Valentine Under The Stars concert rocks the Square


or the second consecutive year, Century City Square was rocked by spectacular Valentine Under The Stars concerts featuring the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), under the baton of exciting young conductor Brandon Phillips, and a strong line-up of top musical talent. This classic-meets-pop concert, which was filled with love and romance under the Cape Town night sky, wowed capacity audiences on both Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February. Heading the line-up of artists was international singer Titilayo Adedokun, whose captivating talent spans different genres, from classical, musicals and spirituals to jazz, blues, Latin and African. Sharing the stage with her were local pop star Ike Moriz, SA’s answer to Bublé; wellknown Cape Town songstress and TV personality Rouchelle Liedemann, and fellow Capetonian Riaan Hunter, who stole

more than a few hearts with his rich baritone voice. Adding to the magic of the evening were the sweet sounds of The Grey, a new violin duo featuring young classically trained violinists Donné de Kock and Ellani de Jager. As in the past, the evening was hosted by the awardwinning TV presenter and star of SABC’s Expresso breakfast show, Katlego Maboe, a talented singer in his own right who never fails to get audiences dancing in the aisles.


city life Upcoming events at Century City FULL MOON HIKES ON INTAKA ISLAND


12 March, 11 April Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Intaka Island at night!


26 February, 26 March, 30 April Enjoy the delicious fare on sale while the kids take in the various activities. Pop over to Intaka Island for an arty fix at Art on the Island, which offers creative kids’ activities and a range of art exhibitions to ogle.

2–5 March Action-packed weekend of sporting events held in and around Century City.


GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA 10 March, 14 April Kick back and relax on the lawns of Central Park for a magical movie experience of cinematic delights and tantalizing treats under a canopy of stars.

17 March Following the success of our popular Summer Natural Goods Market and our Winter Night Market, we have recently introduced the Summer Night Market held on the Square. The market boasts an array of food, drinks, goodies and gifts as well as some great live music.

EASTER EGG HUNT 16 April Join us this Easter on Intaka Island for an afternoon of family entertainment, fun … and chocolate!


CENTURY CITY RUN 23 April This annual event showcases a gorgeous range of motorcycles from a bygone era, where the age of the rider and bike combined must be 100 years or more.

May to August Snuggle up in one of the cosy seating areas at the Intaka Island Eco-Centre and enjoy some delicious food and live music.

for information on events, go to www.centurycity.co.za or contact tatum@centurycity.co.za


city life Free Wi-Fi coup for Century City!


n a major coup for Century City and one expected to further boost demand for property in the precinct, a free Wi-Fi service for the public is being rolled out at selected areas within the precinct. The free service, known as Let’s Connect, is the Wi-Fi arm of Century City Connect, the company that operates a carrier-neutral ‘last mile’ openaccess fibre optic network within Century City. It is being launched in partnership with

internet service provider Comtel Communications, which is sponsoring the internet breakout following a successful pilot project last year. The first area where the Let’s Connect portal has gone live is Century City Square – the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City that was developed by the Rabie Property Group at a cost of R1 billion. Let’s Connect is providing members of the public with four hours of free, fast uncapped

internet access per day in The Square and its restaurants, in the Century City Hotel lobby as well as the upstairs lounge area of the Conference Centre. Hein de Swardt, a director of Century City Connect, says as far as they know this is the first time free internet connectivity had been made available in South Africa on this basis. The free Wi-Fi service has been approved and endorsed by the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), the non-profit company responsible for the day-to-day running of Century City. CEO Chris Blackshaw said they recognised that the Wi-Fi service would advance telecommunication connectivity in the precinct and in so doing further enhance the attractiveness of Century City as a business and residential location. De Swardt said in order to guarantee a good user experience and to avoid abuse of the free service, they would be blocking torrent (movie) downloads and adult sites. According to De Swardt, connecting to the service is dead simple. “The model is a once-off registration process. Users can log in with their details or via one of their social media accounts. “Once you have done that you will receive four hours of uncapped internet access to enjoy at your leisure. And you can come back day after day to enjoy another four hours of free

10 internet connectivity.” De Swardt said the idea to provide free Wi-Fi at selected public areas within Century City had been sparked by the ‘Data Must Fall’ and other related student protests last year. “Nowadays internet connectivity is as essential a service as water or electricity and should be available to everyone. Century City Connect, along with Rabie Property Group, the developers of Century City, strongly believes in the need to give back to the community, particularly those less advantaged. “Our free Wi-Fi service is aimed in particular at those needing to access educational or job searching websites, and over and above the free four-hour service, users can have unlimited connectivity to certain sites listed on the Let’s Connect portal. We looked at all the top sites accessed in South Africa last year and added them to this white list, which can be accessed 24 hours a day for free. “If there is any other educational site not listed on the portal that a user would like to access on this basis, they can request it and we will assess it,” says De Swardt. De Swardt said they had identified a number of other public areas, mostly around public transport and recreational facilities in Century City, where the Let’s Connect free Wi-Fi service will be rolled out over the next six months or so.

Century City runner wins Runner’s World Cover Search competition Congratulations to our Century City runner, Tanya Jean Posthumus-Fox, for winning the February edition of Runner’s World magazine Cover Search competition. Keep up the great work, Tanya!


city life Curro High School opens with 127 learners in two grades


he new Curro High School opened in January with an enrolment of 127 learners in grades 8 and 9. Executive Head, Sean Friedenthal, said there were three classes in each grade and, with the 861 learners in the primary school, total enrolment at Curro Century City now stands at 988. The new campus comprises 24 classrooms, four laboratories, computer rooms, consumer studies kitchen, a cafeteria and an administration block. While the entire high school campus has been built, only grades 8 and 9 have been opened this year. The other grades will be phased

in from next year to ensure continuity for the learners, said Friedenthal. “Curro is committed to academic and personal success for all our students. We believe that children are creators of their own future. They are naturally thoughtful and curious, and they work to gain understanding of the world they

“we believe that children are creators of their own future. the campus is designed to accommodate their exploring minds.”

live in. The campus is designed to accommodate their exploring minds. The indoor pool has created much excitement and we are looking forward to swimming and water polo for both boys and girls.” The high school will share the primary school campus facilities, which include a hall and sports field. Curro Century City was the group’s first new concept ‘city school’ and has a greater academic focus than the traditional larger Curro campuses, but still offers a variety of sports facilities including tennis courts, a multipurpose field, two Fives soccer courts and a beautiful indoor swimming pool.


city life New park for Century City


anhattan Park, the largest play park provided to date in Century City, is now open to the public. Situated in the Grand Moorings precinct between Century Way and Esplanade Road, Manhattan Park provides 4,000 square metres of tranquillity, lush landscaping, and grassed lawns where members of the public can relax and unwind on a park bench or a picnic blanket and children can play with a ball. The park incorporates a new Bootlegger restaurant, due to open in March, which will flow out onto the gardens. Currently also nearing completion adjacent to the park are new offices for Bam Architects, which are also due to open in March. Other buildings bordering the park include the newly opened

Endeavour Too crèche, and the Manhattan Quarters, Manhattan Towers and Manhattan Wharfside residential developments. Manhattan Towers is also home to Manhattan Suites & Conferencing and the Jacqui O restaurant. The hard and soft landscaping

includes some beautiful large, mature trees that have been relocated from elsewhere in Century City as well as a pictureframe bench where you can take your photo to record a great day out. So, if you have not yet taken a walk on the park side, be sure to schedule this in. Enjoy!


city life Why Century City remains so green


hanks to the fact that Century City has access to treated effluent for irrigation purposes, our city within a city remains lush and green in spite of the serious drought which has necessitated Cape Town introducing intensified water restrictions. The foresight of the original developer, who built a dedicated 7km pipeline to the Potsdam Waste Water Treatment Works for all Century City’s irrigation purposes, has paid off handsomely, says Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the CCPOA. “Even though only recycled water is used, our automated ir-

rigation system operates mostly in the evenings, with maintenance taking placing during the day when our staff are at work. This helps reduce the volume of water lost due to evaporation during the daytime. “Having said that, Century

City covers 250ha and there are over 100,000 sprinklers throughout the precinct, so unfortunately we cannot time all the sprinklers to go on at once, as this would mean there would be no water pressure anywhere in Century City. “The sprinklers you do see on during the day are the absolute bare minimum, and assist us in alternating the drawdown in terms of water pressure.” Blackshaw called on all Century City stakeholders – both commercial and residential – to use water sparingly and to implement as many watersaving measures as possible in the interests of all.

for details on century city’s use of treated effluent for irrigation, go to www.centurycity.co.za

Bootlegger to open in Century City in March


Bootlegger Century City will be he popular Bootlegger It offers a safe environment open 6:30am to 9pm Monday Coffee Company chain with a combination of offices to Friday and 7:30am to 9pm is to open a 100and residences, so there is the Saturdays, Sundays and public seat restaurant overlooking potential of daytime as well as holidays, offering café-style Manhattan Park in Century City evening and weekend clientele. breakfast, lunch and dinner. in mid- to late March this year. Century City is also fairly “As well as early morning Pieter Bloem, co-founder and densely populated with a high director, said they had decided LSM community. In other words, coffee specials, there’s craft beer to come when we get our liquor to open in Century City as they it is a perfect location for us.” licence,” says Pieter. had been getting non-stop Like its other stores, This will be the group’s ninth requests for a store in this area. store in Cape Town. The others “The people asked and we are are in Sea Point, Point Mall, answering. Century City is such Kenilworth, Tokai, Kalk Bay, a vibrant hub, with young proMuizenberg, Cape Quarter fessionals and families as well as empty nesters and retirees. and Bakoven. for further details, telephone 060 971 9515


our sporting city Ninth annual Century City Sports Festival takes place 2–5 March


xcitement is mounting in the countdown for the ninth annual Century City Sports Festival, the sporting highlight of the year on the Century City calendar, which will take place from Thursday 2 March until Sunday 5 March. This year the festival has been extended by an extra day to add SNAG (Starting New At Golf) – aimed in particular at Century City corporates – to the programme on the Thursday. The festival’s inaugural golf

event is being organised by Caylix Sport, who will have a number of sports legends in attendance, including Sally Little, arguably SA’s greatest ever woman golfer. The festival includes 10 sports codes, with the signature event being the highly rated Century City 10km Express road race, which is again expected to attract runners from around the country. Offering some of the top cash prizes in the country, the race forms part of the Western

Province Athletics calendar. Building on the success of previous years, the race will be held on Saturday 4 March over a flat, fast course and is again expected to attract a large number of runners, many attempting to achieve personal best times over the distance and to win the R10,000 purse! The Century City 10km Express, which starts at 7am on the Saturday, will be followed by a 2.5km Family Fun Run/Walk at 7:15am, where more than

16 200 JAG runners from the JAG Foundation will be participating. Runners are encouraged to register online at www. entrytime.co.za or at the Century City parkrun on 25 February, or between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 2 March at the Century City Club House. Limited registration will be available on the day from 5:30am. Providing both participatory and spectator sports, the festival will again be held in and around Central Park and will include fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the

Century City Property Owners’ Association, the non-profit company responsible for the dayto-day running of Century City, said more than 7,000 people participated in last year’s festival and they expected this year’s to be even bigger and better. “Last year around 2,500 runners took part in the 10km Road Race compared to just a few hundred in the first year. The race has grown exponentially every year in both stature and popularity, and we expect this year’s race to be the best yet.” The festival will also include Schools and Corporate Touch

Rugby, Five-a-side Soccer, a Circuit Cycling Kermesse, Stand-up Paddling, Canoe Polo, Canoeing, Dragon Boat Racing as well as Junior Cricket. This year the Five-a-side Soccer will take place on Saturday at the Fives Futbol Arena opposite Canal Walk, while the Corporate Touch Rugby will take place on Sunday at Central Park. Blackshaw said they were extremely pleased to add SNAG golf to the mix as this would provide an extra arm of fun to the festival and a wonderful team-building opportunity for Century City corporates.

Teams and individuals wishing to participate in SNAG Golf: contact Rita on rita@caylixsport.co.za Corporate teams wishing to participate in Touch Rugby tournaments: contact Neil or Graham on 021 439 8646 Corporate teams wishing to take part in Five-a-side Soccer: contact keith@5v5.co.za General festival inquiries: Alan Liebenberg or Tatum Sieni on 021 552 6889 or email tatum@centurycity.co.za For the full programme and other details visit www.centurycity.co.za