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Image: Savage + Dodd Architects

A regional overview of the Northern Cape Province By John Young

A new university, a world-class astronomy project and billions of rands of investment in renewable energy underpin the Northern Cape’s investment proposition.


an arid region means that future programmes will be developed to study agriculture in waterstressed conditions. Building on the campus, which will eventually cover 190 000m², is expected to continue for another decade. The competition held to choose architects for the first new buildings lead to some award-winning designs, including the multi-functional building (pictured) which houses a canteen, residences, offices and a retail section. The colourful wind-driven louvres were designed by Savage + Dodd Architects and executed by RVI Architectural Solutions. Several black and women-owned companies have been active on the 12 projects currently

outh Africa’s largest province is also the country’s sunniest and investors in solar energy are taking advantage of large tracts of sunlit land to build giant solar farms. South Africa’s newest university is growing in Kimberley and one of the world’s biggest scientific projects, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, is taking shape around Carnarvon. Sol Plaatje University has a strong suit in teacher training, but an expanding curriculum speaks both to being able to exploit the SKA link through subjects such as ICT and data science and an appreciation of the past via heritage studies and paleo-sciences. The university’s location in



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