Authorities in Cape Town said Amazon would be occupying a new development in River Club, a prime section of the city, local media reported.
The 15-hectare parcel of land will cost R4 billion and include two precincts. Authorities said the first precinct of 60,000sqm will occupy different layers of development; while the second section of 70,000 will hold Amazon headquarters in Africa.
“US retail giant, Amazon, will be the anchor tenant, opening a base of operations on the African continent.
Over 5,000 direct construction jobs and 19,000 indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result of the move, Business Tech reported.
Amazon has had its web engineering giant AWS in South Africa for years, but its main e-commerce services have not been available anywhere on the continent.
The announcement comes a week after Twitter chose Ghana as the location for its first African office and headquarters.