Strategic Urban Development

Strategic Urban Development, or SUD, is a large scale urban development that is of a metropolitan wide strategic nature and is of critical importance in building the City of Ekurhuleni as envisaged in its blue print, including the Growth and Development Strategy, Integrated Development Plan, and Municipal Spatial Development Framework.

A SUD is typically initiated and led by the private sector or a state owned enterprise and typically straddles two or more townships. Development projects are only classified as SUDs after being approval. The concept of SUDs was introduced in late 2014, describing projects facilitated by the City Planning Department in conjunction with the investment committee. 

The following are currently SUDs in the City:


This precinct consists of various current and future projects been developed by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) as well as other role players within the precinct, such as the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The projects mostly comprise of enhancing capacity as well as developing the airport into a more efficient transport hub for Southern Africa in line with the Aerotropolis Master Plan. It is made up of approximately 1551,7 hectares.

Strategic Impact

The OR Tambo International Airport serves as the main international air gateway into South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in general. While the airport can claim the whole of Gauteng, parts of the North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces as its catchment area, it also serves as a hub airport providing international connectivity within Southern Africa. Passengers in transit (transfer passengers) make up to 20% of total traffic through the airport.

This airport is the busiest in Africa, processing around 19 million passengers per annum, entrenching itself well within the top 100 airports in the world by total passengers. The airport currently services 88 destinations with, on average, 55 airlines. Twenty-six of those destinations account for over 80% of departing passenger traffic. The airport also facilitates over 300 000 metric tonnes of cargo per annum.

Land use categories

The land uses contained within the precinct range from industri­al, hotel, commercial, retail, transport, logistics, warehousing, roads and various other airport related facilities.



The Tambo Springs Inland Port was identified as the Gauteng-Durban Freight Corridor’s most important inland port, and as a solution for freight capacity expansion. The project is part of the Strategic Infrastructure Programme, led by national government and Transnet. The site will be developed as an Intermodal Terminal and associated Logistics Hub. The development will comprise of roads and rail facilities, trucking and intermodal yards, warehousing, customs clearance facilities and other uses subservient to an inland port and logistics hub. It comprises a total land size of 1600 hectares.


This hub is in line with the Gauteng spatial model located along the existing N3 freeway and the K146 and K148 PWV K-routes. The site forms part of the Gauteng /KwaZulu-Natal 2050 programme and has other strategic and beneficial linkages.

Strategic Impact

The development of the inland port and logistics hub will improve the logistics capability of both the region and the rest of country.

It is well located and highly accessible through the N3 to Durban, N1 to Cape Town via the R390, to Port Elizabeth and the East London as well as to other freeway to the industrial centers just south of Johannesburg, including: Heidelberg, Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and Sasol, all of which are within 20km to 60km radius.

  • It will contribute significantly to meeting Gauteng’s need to increase the current freight logistics capacity.
  • The development will create job opportunities.

Land use categories

  • Offices
  • Industrial
  • Warehousing
  • Special (for railway purposes, transportation centre, inland port, logistics hub, security access control, truck staging, container depot, customer clearance operation)
  • Warehouse, distribution, logistics centers.
  • Public and private open space.

The Prasa-Gibela Project intends to establish a manufacturing plant for the development of a factory to manufacture new rolling stock of approximately 3 500 train carriage.

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), in joint venture with Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Pty) Ltd, has embarked on a refurbish and replace campaign in order to transform and modernize all of its current rolling stock. Gibela (61% Alstom owned) has been awarded the rolling stock contract by Prasa to build and deliver 600 trains made up of 3 600 coaches to South Africa’s Metrorail networks between 2015 and 2025.

Prasa Gibela has established a manufacturing plant for the development of a factory for manufacturing of new rolling stock of approximately 3 500 train carriage in the far east of Ekurhuleni in Nigel. The project will improve the current state of trains in south Africa. Prasa’s intention is to replace all or part of the fleet over the next 10 – 15 years. The development is made up of 295 hectares, the industrial site only occupies 78 hectares.

Land use categories

The following land use categories are only for Dunnottar Extension 7 (78 hectares).

  • Industrial 1 for rolling stock manufacturing plant and related industrial uses
  • Business 2 for the purposes of a retail facility (convenience store), limited to 2 000m² gross leasable floor area
  • Municipal
  • Public streets
  • Public open space.

The remaining 217 hectares will be for the development of Dunnottar Extension 8; the land use to be determined during the application process.


Riverfields Development is a mixed-use development, accommodating all land-uses, residential opportunities and social facilities underpinning the establishment of a new town. It comprises a total land size of 1 900 hectare.


The Riverfields Development commenced in 1998 and the developments listed below have been completed or are in the planning stage:

  • Glen Erasmia Boulevard (430 residential stands) and Zimbali Cluster Development.
  • Gleneagle Estate (392 residential stands), four cluster developments (to be developed) clubhouse, tennis court, squash court and extensive parks.
  • The Gleneagle Office Park, currently being serviced and is practically sold out.
  • Plumbago Business Park, which is fully serviced and in the process of being developed. John Deere and Blue Sky Logistics have already taken occupation.
  • Plumbago Logistics Park, currently being serviced. The first tenant to occupy will be DB Schenker Logistics Head Office.
  • The Riverfields Retail Mall will be established on the south- western intersection of the R21 and R25.


Located northeast of the existing Kempton Park CBD and the Albertina Sisulu Freeway (R21), it is situated between OR Tambo International Airport and the City of Tshwane.

Strategic Impact

Riverfields Development will ultimately allow for the establishment of a massive new urban conglomeration within the north of the Ekurhuleni.

  • It will act as a catalyst for economic development and job creation within a strategically located position adjacent to the Albertina Sisulu Freeway.
  • The development’s proximity to the OR Tambo International Airport will open up considerable development opportunities to attract international and local investment.
  • The development will be of an integrated nature accommodating all land-uses, residential opportunities and social facilities underpinning the establishment of a new town.

Land use categories

  • Low density residential (below 60 units per hectare)
  • Medium density residential (60 units per ha – 150 units per hectare)
  • High density residential (above150 units per hectare)
  • Business (retail, restaurants, personal service industries etc)
  • Offices
  • Industrial
  • Warehouse, distribution, logistics centers
  • Public and private open space.

M&T (Twenty One industrial estate) development a fully-fledged mixed use development providing for industrial, business, retail and residential opportunities. The planning of the Twenty One development stretched over a period of more than eight years, and the initial phases have already been implemented. This development will in unison represent a major new development node within Ekurhuleni over 581.2743 hectare.


Located within the ‘urban edge’ townships straddle the R21 Albertina Sisulu Freeway to the east and west between Pretoria and OR Tambo Internal Airport. The Olifantsfontein interchange on the R21 Freeway is situated centrally within the developments. The townships locate within the ‘urban edge’ are Sterkfontein, Clayville, Gillimead Proper, Strawberry Extension, Glen Fountain Proper and Fountain Glen Proper.

Strategic Impact

The development will ultimately allow for the establishment of a massive new urban conglomeration within the north of Ekurhuleni.

  • It will act as a catalyst for economic development and job creation within a strategically located position adjacent to the Albertina Sisulu Freeway.
  • Its proximity to the OR Tambo International Airport opens up considerable development opportunities to attract international and local investment.


  • Medium density residential dwelling units (90 units per hectare)
  • Mixed land-use (business, retail, showrooms, residential)
  • Business 1
  • Office
  • Industrial 1
  • Industrial 2
  • Special (Warehousing and distribution)
  • Special (Industrial uses and buildings)
  • Open space (public open space and private open space)
  • Educational.

S&J Industrial Development Park situated in Elandsfontein has developed bulk available for tailored warehousing, factory solution. The site compromises a land size of 41 hectares.


  • This development will encourage growth, lead to compaction of the City through infill development, and ensure the well- being of the community by providing much needed services and making it more available.
  • It will also optimize the use of the existing municipal services network.
  • It is located within the mining belt and would serve as a good opportunity to reinvent the city towards a logistics based economy.

Land use categories

  • Industrial
  • Warehouse, distribution, logistics centers
  • Commercial (retail, restaurant, personal services industries etc
  • Offices
  • Conferences facility
  • Private open space

The Carnival node is an extensive, mixed-use development over 295.91 hectares. It has an anticipated development horizon of 15 to 20 years and forms part of the Carnival City Regional Junction.

The first phase is Dalpark Extension 19, containing a number of planned commercial uses with tenants such as a Makro, Build-It and Hyundai.


Carnival Node is situated to the east of the K109/R23 (Rangeview Road) in the vicinity of the Apex industrial area. It is furthermore bordering onto the residential neighbourhoods of Leachville, Dalpark, Wattville and Larrendale and in relative close proximity to the central business districts of Benoni, Brakpan, and Boksburg, the N12, N17 and N3 highways.

Strategic impact of the location

  • It will strengthen an emerging mixed–use node centered on the N17-Rangeview Road interchange, which currently comprises the Carnival City Casino and Carnival Mall located on the north-western north-western quadrant of this interchange.
  • The accessibility of this location will be further enhanced by the planned distributor road traversing the site, linking Rangeview Road to Main Reef Road near Brakpan Mines.
  • A proposed industrial area around Apex has good access via various modes of transport.
  • The southern boundary borders the New Kleinfontein Road, which links Brakpan CBD to Wattville.
  • The northern boundary boarders the Brakpan to Benoni railway line, with the Apex commuter’s station providing direct access to the site.
  • Industrial development will essentially involve the southward extension of the Apex industrial area, strengthening this node in terms of size, and prominence.
  • Industrial uses will provide employment opportunities to surrounding communities.


  • Special for (automotive and related use, retail and wholesale, themed retail, substation, light industries)
  • Offices and commercial
  • Residential 3 and 4
  • Business 2
  • Agricultural
  • Industrial 2
  • Private open space and public open space.

Green Reef is an economically inclusive and socially integrated mixed-use/mixed income innovation district. It is set to transform Ekurhuleni through the development and fusion of a new CBD hub, high-density residential precincts, innovative, knowledge-based, technology and manufacturing industries and state-of the art basic, vocational and tertiary education facilities. It comprises a total land size of 348 hectare.


GreenReef is situated at the intersection of the proposed PWV13 and PWV 14 and is easily accessible on the existing R21. The development is 3km from OR Tambo International Airport. Main Reef Road allows indirect access to both the N3 and N12 Freeways while Rondebult Road, also within easy reach, allows direct access to the N17 freeway. The area is in the manufacturing and development heartland of Ekurhuleni, just South of the N12 between Germiston and Boksburg.

The main commuter railway between the Benoni/Boksburg and Johannesburg crosses the site. Pretoria Road and Rietfontein Road are both arterial roads allowing access to the N12 Freeway situated some 3km to the north.


  • As a high impact, mixed-use innovation district Green Reef will strengthen Ekurhuleni’s economy.
  • It will promote a more inclusive local economy.
  • Green Reef will establish a ‘Smart City’ node within Ekurhuleni, with the attendant benefits, including new/or improved ideas, products, services and technologies; and creating new market demand and solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges.
  • Green Reef offers a sustainable growth strategy of scale to tackle Ekurhuleni’s challenges.


Commercial Sector

  • SME maker + Micro manufacturing.
  • SME service based retail in armature.
  • Showrooms in armature.
  • SME office units in armature.
  • Large corporate commercial usage.
  • Conventional regional shopping centre.
  • (SME) Bottom of pyramid/value based retail.
  • Basic ECD + primary + secondary education
  • University + college + tertiary education.

Lord’s view Industrial Park is designed to provide a prime location to help reduce transportation costs and streamline the supply-chain process. It has been planned as an environmentally friendly and eco-sensitive industrial and logistics park and makes use of the latest developments in cleaner, greener township development.


Lord’s view in terms of promixity is well oriented. It is easily accessed from both Pretoria and Johannesburg via N1 approximately 6km to the west and from OR Tambo International Airport, is 12km to the east.

Land use categories

The development is earmarked for light industrial purposes. The proposed Lords View logistics park currently consists of five townships and phased into eight parts.


The proposed Glen Gory development will comprise a regional mall, a lifestyle mall, a value mart centre and big box retailers. The mall will also incorporate a piazza for showcasing of events, concerts and other community festivities as well as an office node consisting of medical suites and offices. It comprises a total land size of approximately 37.40 hectares.


Glen Gory is located on the corner of Glen Gory and Elm Road. The development is situated in what is referred to as the Glen Gory regional node towards which the areas of Rynfield, Northmead, Farrarmere, Crystal Park and Daveyton.

Strategic Impact

  • The Glen Gory development will create jobs, particularly for residents of nearby Daveyton and Benoni.
  • The site, located between developed and less developed areas, fulfills the Ekurhuleni Growth and Development Strategy 2055: to promote infill development and densification.
  • As an infill development it integrates the various pockets of development in the area into a cohesive urban environment.

Land use categories

  • Shops
  • Business premises
  • Place of instruction
  • Place of refreshments
  • Place of amusement
  • Social halls
  • Hotel rooms
  • Institutional
  • Automotive retail
  • Warehouse retail