V&A’s R63m food emporium and incubator space set to launch in December

The V&A Waterfront is pushing ahead with its plan to develop Makers Landing, a local food destination comprising a business incubator and food emporium focused on SA flavours and culture. The project is the result of a R63m investment made in partnership with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund to create opportunities for food talent within a new, 360° farm-to-fork food experience.

The intention behind Makers Landing is to create a space where small businesses are supported, jobs are created, skills are transferred, talent is recognised and nurtured, opportunities are offered and South African flavours are celebrated, the V&A Waterfront said.

Despite a delay in development as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the incubator is expected to open to the public in December 2020.

Encouraging year-round activity in the port area

Makers Landing is the next phase of an overarching plan by the V&A Waterfront to develop the Cape Town Cruise Terminal area. Once complete, Makers Landing will add a further 4,348m2 to the existing cruise terminal developed by the Waterfront in 2015 for Transnet. The original terminal was a small industrial building on the edge of E-Berth that served as a pre-cooling facility for fruit exports, whereas today passengers from cruise ships are greeted by a state-of-the-art facility.

Given the seasonality of the cruise industry, the multi-use Makers Landing development will encourage year-round activity in the port area. The new facility is in walking distance from the Waterfront’s Silo District, so it is expected to attract footfall from within the Waterfront, as well as those who work from the Port of Cape Town harbour. It is a short water taxi ride from the Cape Town Convention Centre.