R3-billion casino, entertainment centre for Cape St Francis Resort
1 April 2015
Construction of a R3-billion upmarket casino and entertainment centre for music concerts and shows will start later this year at the Cape St Francis Resort in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
The upmarket development, which will attract hordes of visitors to the St Francis area from across South Africa and abroad, could take about three years to complete.
The developers, a consortium of investors, who have formed a company called Gekke* Construction, are currently applying to the Gambling Board for a casino and entertainment centre licence. It will then put out tenders for construction companies locally and in Kouga.
A spokesperson for the Cape St Francis Resort says the current 5-star luxury beach villas will be demolished to pave the way for this casino and entertainment complex. He says planned for the exciting development are 5-star rooms, suites, bars, restaurants and fast-food outlets.
The casino gaming area and complex is also expected to include an upmarket entertainment and conference centre. “There will be about 3000 slot machines, 150 gaming tables, shops, bars, plus parking for thousands of cars.”
The spokesperson for the Resort also said this development will enable the Resort to attract top music concerts and cater for the growing demand for entertainment locally, plus huge sporting events such as surfing or fundraising functions and conferences.
According to the spokesperson for Gekke, Won April, the casino and entertainment centre will become one of the top destinations for visitors to Kouga, the Eastern Cape and South Africa. It will offer plenty of enjoyable experiences and great entertainment.
“The whole region would benefit from revenue created – about R2-billion revenue would be raised for local, provincial and national governments through taxes and gaming levies, plus during construction about R20-billion for GDP. The developers would work with Hotel Schools and Gaming Academies to train and recruit staff and later set up a training school at the centre.
In addition, all communities and charities in the vicinity would benefit from the casino and entertainment centre.
Won adds that after the licence has been received plus regulations such as zoning, EIAs and traffic assessments have been complied with, construction could start and the development is likely to be complete by 2018.
* (Note to English readers… the word ‘Gekke’ is the plural of the Afrikaans word for ‘Joke’)
– April Fool’s joke