Modderfontein New City aims to be high-tech 'heart' of Johannesburg

The modern R84 billion development will boast with smart city elements and will be named Modderfontein New City.

An artist's impression of the education facility planned for Modderfontein New City

Modderfontein New City is set to become the central spine of a new modern, tech-savvy heart of Africa's powerhouse, according to David Ingle, Seeff 's managing director in Edenvale, Bedfordview and Modderfontein.

"Plans for this city have been made public following AECI's sale of 1 600ha of land and buildings as well as Heartland Properties - AECI's development division - to developer Shanghai Zendai. The development will be carried forward by the firm's local subsidiary Zendai Development South Africa (ZDSA)," says Ingle.

"The area will be developed into a mixed-use hub and plans include a financial district, more than 30 000 houses, a university precinct, several office and industrial nodes, medical facilities, hotels and shopping centres and warehousing and industrial parks.

"In addition, ZDSA is working toward creating a heritage precinct in the old part of the village."

According to the company's website, the vision for the proposed city is to re-energise this growth node by creating sustainable developments that offer an ideal environment for business, industry and communities to prosper and grow.

The development of the city is expected to create about 200 000 jobs during the project lifecycle.

Ingle says he envisages Modderfontein New City to be an First World city integrated into the heart of Gauteng's landscape, setting the benchmark for First World African living.

"Residential offerings predicted for the city include a mix of luxury apartments, sectional title complexes and freestanding cluster-style homes. Retirement properties are also planned, and will be linked to amenities suited to this type of development."

Alongside Modderfontein New City to the west lies Linbro Park, which consists of a number of residential and agricultural plots of one to two hectares each on average.

Ingle says this precinct is set to house more than 10 000 new homes in addition to those planned for Modderfontein, and buyers are already interested in the area.

"Land prices have doubled in the last three years alone, and property prices in the area have trebled in value over the past eight years.

"The northern boundary of the new Modderfontein precinct is adjacent to Century City's development in the north along its southern boundary and this forms a modern city spine in the heart of Gauteng's economic corridor," says Ingle.

The Modderfontein area is also traversed by the Gautrain with a proposed new station in the city centre of Modderfontein, where the platforms for the station were built during the initial phases of the Gautrain line construction. From the proposed Gautrain station you will be able to reach Centurion or any other station on the line in 12 minutes, says Ingle.

"Although the north east of Johannesburg has been previously considered as underdeveloped, a fresh sense of activity is emerging with the ongoing success of Linbro Park and future prospects of Modderfontein New City.

"All things considered Modderfontein New City will be a game changer for the future prosperity of Gauteng," says Ingle.

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