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Fawu to turn Gugulethu offices into shopping and memory centre

March 22, 2013
Artist impression of the new FAWU building

Artist impression of the new FAWU building

The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) is demolishing its building in Gugulethu with a view to turning it into a memory and shopping centre.

Fawu president Katishi Masemola is quoted as saying that the project would cost hundreds of millions of rands and that investors were ready to start work.

Masemola said the union’s investment arm, Basebenzi Investment, was talking to businesses who would develop the building.

He said the idea behind the project was to turn it into a multi-purpose facility and that a detailed plan would be sent to the city of Cape Town for the approval.

Masemola said the new centre would have two sections, with the one being the Ray Alexander Simons memory centre, dedicated to the founding member of the union.

“The other section will be a commercial centre, which will have four pillars,” Masemola said.

“The first pillar will be residential apartments, the second pillar will be retail space with an anchor tenant, the third pillar is a boutique hotel and the fourth pillar is an office block.”

He said it would take a few months before the city approved the plan, after which demolition would happen.

Masemola was not be specific on how long the construction of the multi-purpose centre would take, saying it could take months or a few years.

The entire project is estimated to cost about R1bn, he said.

“The investment company of the union thought it prudent to develop the property to maximise the income,” Masemola said.

He added that the investors would be the ones driving the development of the building, which has been designed by AVNA Architects on the corner of NY1 and NY110 in Gugulethu.

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