History

The Idea to establish a science park was originally conceived by Prof. Christo Viljoen then Dean of the Department of Engineering of the University of Stellenbosch. The proposals that he made in this regard were put forward to the Town Council during late 1985 and was subsequently taken up by the Council as a priority project.

An application for the establishment of a science park (Technopark) was submitted during April 1986 to the then Administrator of the Cape of Good Hope after a R10 million government loan was secured by the Municipality of Stellenbosch for the development of a first phase of such a park.

The application to the Administrator was followed by a thorough investigation with regard to appropriate development parameters. In the latter regard a study tour was undertaken during October 1986 by Mr. Johan Malan then head of the department of Planning and Development of the municipality and consulting planners and architects Messrs. Dennis Moss Partnership and quantity surveyors Messrs. C.P. de Leeuw, Walden & Collusi. This study tour entailed first hand visits to a number of science parks in Isreal, Great Britian, France and the United States of America.

The zoning of the land was approved during June 1987 and a development plan was completed thereafter. At the time it was decided that the project would be developed in phases. Construction commenced during early 1987 and was completed during the same year.

From the onset the Town Council invited people with specialist expertise in the sectors of science and technology, business, academic and industry to serve on an advisory committee together with municipal councilors who represented the communities of the town.

Mr. Piet Lombard, then Mayor of Stellenbosch, was elected chairman of the Advisory Committee during 1986 and Mr. Johan Malan was appointed full time as director of Technopark during 1987.

The Advisory Committee met on an ad hoc basis in a less formally structered manner.

Mr. Johan Malan resigned as director of Technopark on 28 February 1997 in order to pursue a business career.

The co-ordination of the development of Technopark was subsequently taken over by Mr. Kotie Kruger, Deputy Town Secretary.