Amazon has concluded plans to open its African headquarters in South Africa with a real estate investment of over R4 billion.
Authorities in Cape Town said Amazon would be occupying a new development in River Club, a prime section of the city, local media reported.
The 15-hectare parcel of land will cost R4 billion and include two precincts. Authorities said the first precinct of 60,000sqm will occupy different layers of development; while the second section of 70,000 will hold Amazon headquarters in Africa.
“US retail giant, Amazon, will be the anchor tenant, opening a base of operations on the African continent,” Cape Town city officials said in a statement. “The development is envisaged to take place in phases, with construction set to take place over three to five years.”
Over 5,000 direct construction jobs and 19,000 indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result of the move, Business Tech reported.
Amazon has had its web engineering giant AWS in South Africa for years, but its main e-commerce services have not been available anywhere on the continent.
The announcement comes a week after Twitter picked Ghana for its first African office and headquarters. Twitter said the democratic and economic strides of Ghana made the West African country a highly competitive destination over Nigeria and other countries.
It was unclear whether or not Amazon considered Nigeria and similar parametres as Twitter while deciding its African base.