Redefine Properties’ industrial developments on track

27 July 2017

Development of one of JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties’ largest industrial developments, the 1.6-million square metre S&J Industrial Estate, in Germiston, is on track, with bulk infrastructure currently being rolled out.

The prime site is majority owned by Redefine, with property developer Abland also owning a stake.

The S&J Industrial Estate, once part of the larger Simmer & Jack mines, spans over 163 ha of developable land, located along the N3 highway, adjacent to the Geldenhuys interchange.

Construction work on the two main roads within the estate has now started. 

“Once complete, these roads will unlock 118 ha of developable land of which 60% will be available for disposal to end-users,” Redefine national asset manager Johan Nell on Wednesday.

“With a focus on logistics and light manufacturing, businesses operating from the new estate will be able to circumvent the congestion that frequently occurs at Gillooly’s interchange when travelling from and to Durban,” he said.  

“We expect market interest to increase further once the major bulk services and roads, due for completion in early 2018, are established,” he noted. 

He added that the S&J development was set to create over 5 000 new jobs, as well as generate a substantial rates and taxes injection for the Ekurhuleni metro.

“Under the auspices of the SUD, the city will collaborate with registered SUDs at a strategic level to facilitate development. There is a massive focus on bringing business back into Ekurhuleni, where SUDs will partner with the city to establish a large [manufacturing and logistics] precinct,” he stated.

Nell said the accessibility and location of the site made S&J a gateway to the OR Tambo aerotropolis corridor, which is expected to attract strategic investments in key economic sectors, including manufacturing and centralised logistics.

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