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  Istithmar World is considering selling its share in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront shopping and entertainment development in Cape Town as property companies show interest in South Africa’s biggest tourist attraction.
A source at Dubai World, the parent company of Istithmar, confirmed talks had taken place but said no deal was imminent and added it would sell only at an attractive price. It said it would otherwise strive to hold on to the site, reckoned to be one of the country’s most valuable.
The site could fetch as much as 10 billion rand (Dh5.36bn) with potential buyers including Growthpoint, a publicly traded South African property investment company, among those interested in the asset, according to a person familiar with the situation. “People are pushing to buy [the V&A Waterfront],” said a Dubai World source familiar with the discussions. “But we aren’t pushing a sale. There is always a price difference … We are just looking at maximising returns,” he said.

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