Delivering Human Settlements as Social and Economic Transformation
The City of Ekurhuleni is passionate about resolving the housing backlog and has set itself ambitious goals in this regard – the provision of 100 000 housing units and 59 000 service stands in this term of office.
The City has 16 mega projects that include Esselen Park, Tembisa Extension 25, Leeuwpoort, John Dube Village, Chief Luthuli Extension 6, Van Dyk Park, Brakpan Old Location Extension 13, Palm Ridge extensions 10 and 12 and Palmierfontein, all in different stages of development.
As at May 2021, the City has delivered over 42 773 housing units, 26 543 serviced stand and 33 605 title deeds distributed to rightful beneficiaries.
Bulk infrastructure put in to date provides will result in an estimated 210 000 housing units.
Leeuwpoort Integrated Human Settlement
The Leeuwpoort Catalytic Project is one of 16 mega projects that has set a new standard for sustainable human settlements. Once developed it will provide a minimal yield of 22 000 housing opportunities.
It sees the integration of three residential development areas – two in the north (Parkdene Extension 7 and Reiger Park Extension 19) and one in the south, near Sunward Park. It aims to create well-designed, sustainable, integrated and secure neighbourhoods. This will enhance the value of property ownership for residents upgrading and integrating the urban environment and quality of life around Reiger Park, as well as stimulate integration between Sunward Park and Windmill Park.
Boksburg links the City’s towns of Germiston and Alberton in the west with Brakpan and Springs in the east. The housing development is situated to the south of the Boksburg CBD on both sides of the N17 highway.
Project Deliverables Housing Opportunities
Different types of housing make up this development – full subsidy houses (6 9670), social housing (5 752), finance linked individual subsidy programme (FLISP 3 099), bonded and commercial type (3 635) properties.
Construction has resulted in over 250 job opportunities in the 2019/2020 financial year, and is expected to increase as the project continues through to 2024.
The new development will benefit informal settlement dwellers from Joe Slovo, Boksburg, Ulana Park, Hlahane, Driefontein, Crossroads (Roodekop Ext 3), Vosloorus, Kalamazoo and Katlehong.
At a cost of around R2 billion, this project is implemented in phases and construction is set to take approximately seven years, with completion around 2024.