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‘Why over there?’ – Academic is not sold on River Club for Amazon headquarters


Presenter Mike Wills talks to activist and scholar Dr. Laurine Platzky about plans to turn the River Club into Amazon headquarters.

  • Dr Laurine Platsky doesn’t think the River Club is the most ideal place for Amazon offices
  • She argued that there are more suitable sites across Cape Town for the new headquarters.
  • Several organizations have opposed Amazon’s controversial redevelopment plans

Artist’s impression of the new R 4 billion mixed-use space at the River Club. Picture: Supplied.

Is the River Club district in the Observatory really the perfect location for Amazon’s 4.5 billion Rand mega-development?

Activist and scholar Dr. Laurine Platsky is not convinced.

Platsky wondered why the development couldn’t be moved to a more suitable location, such as the V&A Waterfront or Century City.

She says there are already properly zoned and serviced areas available across Cape Town.

In addition, she says the development may be more suited to uplift the underdeveloped areas of the city. She offered the Athlone power plant site as an alternative site for the global tech giant to invest in.

Dr Platsky tells CapeTalk that she is intrigued by the plans, despite major objections from environmental activists and heritage organizations.

I don’t know you can call it development. For me, a real estate promotion is not necessarily a promotion in the broad sense.

Dr Laurine Platzky

The investment Amazon would make in Cape Town is great and … most people would be happy about it, but why there? This is what absolutely intrigues me.

Dr Laurine Platzky

We have such amazing spaces, we have the Waterfront development … the same for Century City … and even better, we could get an international investor to help us redevelop other parts of the city.

Dr Laurine Platzky

My question is, why go to the Obs? There was so much work done on the Two Rivers Urban Park.

Dr Laurine Platzky

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