Continuing our coverage of developments in Africa that are driving the Internet market there, we want to note that you can’t have “smart cities” unless you have good connectivity. 

And especially if you are talking about an island like Mauritius, that means redundant, high capacity submarine cables. 

Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced that it has provided $10 million of mezzanine funding to Cap Tamarin, a mixed-used, residentially-focused “Smart & Happy” Village located on the sought-after west coast of Mauritius in a seaside village called Tamarin. The promoter of the transaction is Trimetys through its subsidiary, Cap Tamarin Ltée, a Mauritian-based diversified real-estate, hospitality, education and agricultural group led by Kian Jhuboo and Georges Talbotier.  Since their first real estate project in 1998, Trimetys has developed a variety of different projects on the island which include hotels, sport centers, a shopping center and a school as well as constructing more than 300 residential units.

Cap Tamarin will create an integrated “work, live and play” environment that is technology-focused, intelligent, innovative and sustainable. Cap Tamarin has already received the prized Smart City Scheme certification from the Mauritian government. On completion, the Cap Tamarin development will span over 400,000 square meters and will comprise of residential units made up of a combination of apartments, senior homes (non-medicalized and medicalized), villas and individual houses. A key attraction for Cap Tamarin residents will be a 40,000 square meter landscaped park facilitating direct access to the Tamarin Beach and lagoon. Cap Tamarin will benefit from a comprehensive range of public services such as schools, a smart citizen advice office, a post office as well as cultural and innovation centers. The innovation center will be used by start-ups, SMEs and research-based organizations to stimulate innovative activities which are a core component of the Smart City Scheme. The development will also expand on the existing commercial office and retail spaces.

Warren van der Merwe, Chief Operating Officer of Vantage Capital, said, “Vantage Capital is excited to partner with Trimetys to make our first Mauritian investment in a mixed-use development in a prime coastal location that manages to combine an aspirational island village lifestyle with a strong developmental impact on surrounding communities.”

The investment is Vantage Capital’s eighth transaction in Fund III, a $280 million fund, with a 55% allocation to countries outside South Africa. This investment represents the 26th transaction executed by Vantage across three generations of mezzanine funds.

Werksmans Attorneys and BLC Roberts & Associates acted as legal counsel to Vantage in South Africa and Mauritius respectively. Cap Tamarin and Trimetys were advised by Mauritius Commercial Bank’s Capital Markets division.