The Stellenbosch Wine and Country Estate has donated a 30 hectare piece of land Stellenbosch University, which the institution planning on establishing a new innovation hub in that area.
According to Engineering News, the Stellenbosch municipality views the Klapmuts area as an important development node for the region over the next few decades. The land will be the site for what is called the Stellenbosch Smart City Development.
“This wonderful gesture by the Stellenbosch Wine and Country Estate is a testament to the trust that is placed in the future of Maties as we enter our second century as a university,” said Stellenbosch rector and vice-chancellor, Professor Wim de Villers.
Engineering News further noted that the memorandum of agreement between the University and Stellenbosch Wine and Country Estate says that the area may be developed for the tertiary instruction, facilities supporting the commercialisation of any knowledge, or arts and culture such as an amphitheatre and supporting infrastructure.
“We aim to offer alternative space for startups outgrowing the space within the University’s LaunchLab business incubator,” added the University’s chief innovation director, Anita Nel.
Nel also said that although the projects to use the donated land are still in the planning stages, the first order of business is likely to be the establishment of an innovation hub with conference facilities.