DEVELOPMENT: Curro Moves Into Century City
Recent Western Cape Business News
Listed private school company, Curro Holdings is to developed a new school at Century City during 2012, scheduled to open in January 2013.
Chris van der Merwe, Curro CEO, said the Group currently operates 16 schools around the country, including Western Cape campuses in Durbanville, Langebaan and Hermanus. Country wide Curro currently enrols more than 8500 learners and plans to have 20 campuses by 2013.
Curro Century City, which will be the group’s fifth school in the Western Cape, is its first new concept “City school”. As such it will have a bigger academic focus than the traditional larger Curro traditional campuses, but will also boast a large variety of sports, including tennis courts and a multi-purpose sports field. It will initially operate from Grade RR through to Grade 4 and will phase in Grades 5, 6 & 7 to ensure continuity for learners.
“Pending learner demand and growth, Curro will consider extending the planned campus to a fully fledged, integrated campus including a high school in the future. The existing campus will cater for approximately 800 learners,” said Van der Merwe.
Construction is expected to start shortly with completion set for the end of the year.
Brian Usher of Property World, the official on-site sales agents, said there was pent up demand for a school in the precinct.
“We have no doubt the presence of a school at Century City, which has consistently outperformed the market, will further drive property sales in the precinct.
“It will enable us to tick the final box in terms of Century City being able to offer every conceivable amenity within the precinct from gyms and spas to hotels and conferencing, restaurants and convenience retailing, sports clubs, a clubhouse and sports fields, a golf driving range, 8km of navigable canals, Ratanga Junction, Canal Walk, Intaka Island nature reserve and a crèche for 180 children.”
Greg Deans, a director of the Rabie Property Group, said thanks to Century City’s urban designing it would be possible to walk to the school from all residential developments in the precinct, bar one, without having to cross a road. The road system to the school is being designed to facilitate easy flow of traffic with two access and egress points.
He said the school would also benefit office workers providing the option of supervised homework/aftercare which would enable parents to drop their children at school en route to work and pick them up en route home.
Van der Merwe said the Curro Group aims to provide high quality, affordable private education in South Africa through its various campuses. With this aim, Curro plans to charge monthly school fees at the new Curro Century City campus of around R2500 per month (or R30,000 per year). A once-off, non-refundable deposit of R3000 is payable to qualify for enrolment.
“Curro aims to provide our learners with sustainable and outstanding education. We guide our learners to not only attain and develop knowledge and skills but to creatively understand the curriculum content in order to successfully apply it to their daily lives. We prepare them for further training and afford them the opportunity to become fully fledged adults.”
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