DEVELOPMENT

Diepsloot's turn

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The City of Johannesburg’s municipal entities (MEs) and other organs of state are pooling their resources to transform Diepsloot, a sprawling township in northern Johannesburg, into a “socially, economically and environmentally sustainable area” complete with all the necessary public amenities.

The multi-pronged, multi-million rand development programme will see entities such as the City’s Housing Department, Johannesburg Property Company, Johannesburg Water and Eskom descending on the township, to provide a variety of services to create a modern urban environment. The City’s Housing Department will construct 4 800 subsidised housing units for the township’s low income earners.

In a further move to eliminate the housing shortage, the Johannesburg Property Company will build an additional 6 000 to 10 000 low income housing units under the Northern Farm Project, according to Nthangeni Mulovhedzi, Development Manager at the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA).
Johannesburg Water plans to install 300 toilets, a 25 mega-litre water reservoir and a 30mm water main to supplement the existing 40mm main in the reception area. Eskom is upgrading the Klevebank substation, where it is installing a second 40MVA transformer to provide sufficient bulk electricity supply for the new development.

Over and above this, the first phase of JDA’s public environmental upgrade project, which started in May, on the government node (William Nicol Avenue and Ingonyama Road intersection), has been completed at a cost of R21 million. The second phase, which will be carried out at a cost of R23 million, will be completed in March next year.

In 2007 the City was allocated a multi-year capital grant through the National Treasury’s Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant – R10 million in 2009-2010, R26 million in 2010-2011 and R30-million in 2011-2012. Mulovhedzi says these ongoing developments would have a significant impact on growing Diepsloot community.

Besides easing the housing shortage in the area, they would result in the alleviation of public transport problems as it would now be easier for public transport operators to access the township.

“All emergency services, including the police and fire brigades, as well as Pikitup, City Power and Johannesburg Water, will have easy access to the area and provide services without interruption. In terms of economic development, they will provide informal traders with opportunities to make a living,” said Mulovhedzi.

(Source: www.joburg.org)

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