Century City, Cape Town

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Century City
Main Canal within Century City, Table Mountain in the background
Main Canal within Century City, Table Mountain in the background
Century City is located in Western Cape
Century City
Century City
Century City is located in South Africa
Century City
Century City
Coordinates: 33°53′30″S 18°30′30″E / 33.89167°S 18.50833°E / -33.89167; 18.50833Coordinates: 33°53′30″S 18°30′30″E / 33.89167°S 18.50833°E / -33.89167; 18.50833
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Main PlaceMilnerton
 • Total2.62 km2 (1.01 sq mi)
 • Total4,239
 • Density1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African15.9%
 • Coloured10.1%
 • Indian/Asian19.9%
 • White49.6%
 • Other4.5%
First languages (2011)
 • English69.6%
 • Afrikaans15.7%
 • Xhosa2.9%
 • Zulu1.2%
 • Other10.6%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Century City is a 250 ha suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. Century City is structured as a mixed-use development including entertainment, residential, retail and office components.[2] Development began under Monex Development in 1997 and continues under the new owners, Rabie Property Group. Investment thus far exceeds ZAR10 billion. It is located 10 km to the north-east of central Cape Town along the N1 motorway and is traversed by numerous waterways, wetlands and canals.Commercial components

Canal Walk's exterior from the main canal

Century City's original developments were the Ratanga Junction theme park and Canal Walk shopping centre.

Canal Walk was the largest shopping mall in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere in lettable area when it was opened in December 2000 at 125,000m². More recently expanded to 141 000m², the mall contains over 400 stores, 20 movie theatres, many restaurants and bars and an entertainment section. Architecturally, it was designed with the "Cape Venetian" style in mind. Two twin office towers - the Canal Walk Towers - rest atop of the mall.

Ratanga Junction was a theme park that had many monetary issues, resulting in downsizing, off-season closures and the addition of year-round conferences and entertainment facilities. It permanently closed in May 2018.

Nearby is the 204-room StayEasy by Southern Sun hotel. It was the first hotel in the precinct when it opened in early 2001.

The Colosseum is a mixed-use R300 million development, including ground-floor cafes, offices and a 70-room four-star hotel. Construction was completed in January 2007.

Adjacent to the mall are two 11-storey towers called the Crystal Towers that opened at the end of 2009. It is the largest development in the precinct after Canal Walk itself. The R750 million development consists of Century City's first 5-star hotel with 180 rooms, as well as 91 luxury apartments and an office block.

Century Gate and The Estuaries are two additional commercial developments, collectively costing R500 million.

Numerous other corporate offices are located in and around Century City - especially along the N1 motorway. Mercedes-Benz and Daimler/Crysler/Jeep have lifestyle centres adjacent to Canal Walk. Similarly, BMW and Porsche both have buildings in the precinct too.

ABSA occupies 5-star Green Star twin development Bridge Park in Bridgeways Precinct.[3][4]

List of Residential Buildings[edit]

Name Description
KnightsBridge A R275 million residential development adjacent to Canal Walk, with 15 floors of apartments in two towers, with penthouses located in a 12-storey high bridge across the canal adjoining the two towers. Construction was completed in late 2006.
Villa Italia A multi-storey, multi-building residential development.
The Oasis A multi-storey, multi-building residential development catering to the upmarket retirement community.
The Island Club Completed in 2005, it is a residential development located around a series of islands and canals opposite Canal Walk, and includes a small 23-room four-star hotel.
Century View A low-density residential development.
Bougain Villas A low-density residential development.
The Manhattan A 15-floor luxury apartment tower that was completed at the end of 2008, consisting of a sectional-title hotel with 30 suites and residential apartments.


Built on a wetland area, Century City needed to comply with conservation measures. Intaka Island is a 16-hectare wetland area within the development. The wetland naturally cleans the water in the canals and provides a green lung in an otherwise high-density development.[5][6]


There were concerns that Century City would cause decentralisation from the Cape Town central business district, but thanks to the city improvement district (CID) and urban renewal efforts spearheaded by the Cape Town Partnership (CTP), this has not happened. This development thus remains another commercial node in the Cape Town metropolitan area while the city centre remains vibrant. More recently, the development has been criticized for causing traffic problems. Measures have been taken with an aim to improve congestion during peak hours.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Century City". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Century City".
  3. ^ "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  4. ^ Booysen, Joseph (14 February 2017). "ABSA finds a new 5-star green home". Cape Argus.
  5. ^ "About Intaka Island". Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Intaka Island". Century City. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Measures taken to combat traffic congestion". 9 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2017.