CREATING SELF SUFFICIENT MEGA CITIES ACROSS THE CORRIDORS OF EKURHULENI

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The City of Ekurhuleni has worked closely with the Gauteng Human Settlements Department in assessing the implementation readiness of the mixed income housing projects (BNG, FLISP and Social Housing) and the serviced sites phase of Mega Projects to revitalize the township economy and invest in infrastructure.

The vision of the City and the Gauteng Human Settlement Department is to e strategically from sporadic and uncoordinated developments to purposely planned and developed “Mega Cities” that are completely self-sufficient in providing for the housing, economic and social needs of the community.

As the Mega Cities programme is rolled out, which focuses on building new cities of the future which will radically transform how human settlements are delivered across all the corridors of Ekurhuleni, there is a need to form key partnerships to ensure proper planning and provision of all required infrastructure services such as water, sanitation, electricity, energy, roads and social amenities.

This is a move away from one project delivery approach to a more clustered method – in order to maximise output in the provision of decent houses and impact on the eradication of informal settlements.  The new cities will promote social, racial, economic and cultural integration.

Additionally, the concept of Mega Cities reinforces the key principles and considerations of spatial reconfiguration, township economy revitalisation and massive infrastructure investment as a means of transforming settlements and cities into productive cities that are inclusive, sustainable and founded on principles of good governance.

 

Mega Housing Projects

The city, working together with the provincial and national governments as well as private developers, is building nine mega housing projects.

These Mega Cities are characterised by mixed-use housing, ranging from free low-cost (RDP housing), affordable rental accommodation as well as bonded housing, financed in partnership with the banks.

Some of these integrated mega housing projects have been rolled out in Daggafontein ( 6 940 mixed housing units); Van Dyk (3 350 mixed housing units), John Dube (12 295 mixed housing units), Clayville  (16 276 mixed housing unit), Leeuwpoort (22 000 mixed housing units) , Esselen Park Mega Project (7 200 mixed housing units), Thembisa extension 25/7( 5310 housing units),  Old Brakpan Location Mixed Use Housing Project (5 700 housing units), and Chief Albert Luthuli (6 239 units and 1 839 serviced stands).

The City has a programme to build a total of 100 000 housing units through the Mega Housing Projects and 5 9000 serviced stands.

This provides an opportunity to refine the city’s model for improving the quality of settlements and housing products before rolling the model out to all projects.

The city will also deliver fully subsidised units for the poorest of the poor, through the Finance Linked Subsidy Programme for people whose income is above the threshold for an RDP house but below qualification for a housing bond.

Project Name

Project Value

Spent to date

Total Yield

Beneficiary Community (s)

Start Date  to  Estimate End Date

Leeuwpoort Development

R 6 Billion

615 373 069,00

22000

Boksburg and surrounding areas

June 2014 - June 2025

Daggafontein Development

R7 billion

107 559 664

16276

Duduza,Tsakane and Kwathema

June 2018 - June 2024

John Dube Village

R 3.5 Billion

104 067 646,77

12295

Greater Tshakane/Duduza

June 2018 - June 2024

Chief Luthuli Ext 6

R 4 Billion

148 855 174

7274

Daveyton

June 2017 - June 2025

Brakpan Old Location

R 5.9 Billion

71 563 955

7547

Benoni; Brakpan & Springs areas

June 2018 - June 2024

Palmietfontein Portion 57

R 2.5 Billion

48 113 919

3687

Empilisweni Informal Settlements

June 2018 - June 2024

Van Dyk Park

R 3.25 billion

70 800 448

3500

Brakpan /Benoni

June 2019 - June 2025

Thembisa Ext 25

R 1.5 Billion

62 310 660,90

5310

Court ordered beneficiaries, 2 in 1 stands in Winnie Mandela & Greater Winnie Mandela area

June 2018 - June 2023

Clayville Ext 45 ,71-80

R 2.5 Billion

40 242 249

11126

Winnie Mandela , Freedom Square & Greater Thembisa areas

June 2018 - June 2023

Esselen Park

R 4.5 billion

107 712 129

7200

Esselen Park (Witfontein), Isiphetweni, Vusi Musi / Ehlanzeni , Kaalfontein Station , Inxiweni & Sophia Town

June 2018 -June 2025



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