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The Waterfront Story


By David Green, David S Jack & Carl Momberg

The inside story of Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and how it became the best waterfront development in the world.

  • The retail selling price of the book is R369.  Single copies bought before publication are R314.  Very few books will be available for sale after publication.
  • If you buy 5 or more copies, there is an additional discount of 15% per book.  So 5 books will cost R1,570 which works out to R283 per book.
  • Pick-up from the V&A Waterfrfont is free.  Collection from Postnet branches in South Africa is a flat fee of R75 per shipment.  Door-to-door courier rates with Aramex increase by a small amount for extra copies.
  • The thumbnail images on the left are a work in progress and will be updated and added to as the book progresses. Publication and despatch is due for mid November 2021.

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The book covers:

  • The history of Table Bay and the events that led to the need for a harbour, and the development of the Victoria & Alfred Basins.
  • The development of Duncan Dock which moved the shoreline 1.6km out to sea and the reclamation of the Foreshore, effectively ending the old CBD’s intimate relationship with the Bay.
  • The catalysts for the redevelopment of the old harbour into a public amenity and the events leading to the establishment of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront company.
  • The steps the new company took to ensure public participation and achieve an agreement with the municipality to allow development to take place quickly.  The release of the Development Framework Plan and the Urban Design Plan.
  • The development of the Pier Head Precinct and Victoria Wharf, followed by Cape Grace Hotel, Table Bay Hotel and the conversion of the Old Jail into UCT’s Graduate School of Business.
  • The planning and development of the first residential area — the Waterfront Marina and the canal into the city.  See inside the penthouses and apartments today and QR codes to what is for sale now.
  • The changes in corporate ownership from Transnet to it’s Pension Fund and, ultimately the sale to foreign owners in 2006 for R7 billion.  The One&Only Hotel opens.
  • The bleak period during ownership by Dubai World and London & Regional Properties which saw little development and maintenance and focused on international tourists.
  • The appointment of David Green as CEO and his vision for the Waterfront, which returns the focus to catering for locals and South Africans.
  • The purchase of the Waterfront by the Public Investment Corporation (representing the Government Employees Pension Fund) and Growthpoint Properties for R9.7 billion in 2011.  The Waterfront is now part-owned by more than 1.2 million South Africans and development resumes rapidly.
  • The Blue Shed gets a major upgrade and becomes the Watershed, giving an sign of things to come.  PicknPay relocates into the parking garage with a much larger store.  It is now a store that caters for the region.
  •   Allan Gray’s award-winning green office HQ opens in the Silo District followed the iconic redevelopment of the old grain silos into the Zeitz MOCAA Gallery and Silo Hotel. This unlocks the development of the rest of the Silo District with hotels, residential accommodation and offices.
  • The Gateway District alongside the canal to the Convention Centre improves the integration of the Waterfront to the CBD, while Battery Park introduces a unique urban amenity on the edge of the Waterfront area.

The book is full of QR codes which you can scan with your mobile device and which links online to:

  • Examples of lessons learnt elsewhere
  • Old publications & reports providing more information
  • Planning & design documents and the Agreement with the Municipality
  • Current Waterfront reports and documents

Additional information

Weight 0.660 kg
Dimensions 27 × 22 × 1.5 cm