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Development of the industrial suburb of Epping 1 in Cape Town first began in the late 1940’s. Almost all of the roads in both Epping Industria 1 and Epping Industria 2 have been named in alphabetical order (for some reason a few letters are missing). Also, the roads have been named after Admirals in the Royal Navy, and artillery used in various wars.
Initially, there was not too much industrial development at this early stage.
HISTORY OF EPPING – HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS
Seems like Epping 1 became a popular place to race cars! In the latter part of 1950, the “circuit” was built. The distance was “3 miles and 440 yards”. Consequently, the first race took place on 2 January 1951 and races were held until the final meeting on 1 January 1958. Finally, the promoters were unable to obtain further permission to use this circuit due to increasing industrial development in the area at that particular time.
The nearby Athlone Power Station was completed in the early 1960’s.
So was the Epping Market.
With the availability of power and the popularity of Cape Town Market, industrial businesses began to flourish. Consequently, in the mid to late 1960’s Epping Industria expanded.
Epping Industria in modern times
Epping Industria currently houses a vast majority of the major business operations in the Western Cape. It is also the single largest industrial suburb in the greater Cape Town area.
In the modern era, Epping is central and accessed to all parts of Cape Town. There are numerous benefits to locating one’s business in Epping Industria in current time. As a result, many companies, large and small, prefer this central location for their businesses. Investors are very happy to invest in industrial property in Epping. In addition, property values and industrial rentals are stable and provide a solid growth. Epping is strategically placed between the N1 and N2, the 2 main arterial roads through greater Cape Town. Furthermore, Epping is located on the N7 (Jakes Gerwel Drive – previously known as Vanguard Drive) which links the N1 and N2 in a north-south direction. Furthermore, as Cape Town expands, the original planners of Epping can be proud that they initiated a suburb that has lasted many decades and one that will cater for the needs us industrialists for many more decades.