R11bn city planned for the Vaal

This mega development settlement for the Southern Corridor is a tribute to the people of Sedibeng, which falls within government’s plans to centralise three local municipalities into one metropolitan during 2016.

Waterfront: An artist's impression of Vaal River City, which was unveiled by Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Called Vaal River City, the project is one of five "corridors" where housing and other economic development will be intensified. These are central Johannesburg with its diverse economic activity, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, West Rand around Lanseria Airport, and the Vaal. Vaal River City is a partnership between Gauteng, municipalities and the private sector .The municipalities include Midvaal, Emfuleni and Sedibeng.

It will be anchored on the Vaal River, which flows through different areas in the Vaal Triangle.

The new city is said to provide a unique residential and commercial development, with road infrastructure and investments that will capture economic value and stimulate economic activity in the area. The development will connect all the townships in the area and provide access to key roads that link up Sasolburg, Vanderbiljlpark, Sharpeville and Emfuleni.

“In our view, a post-apartheid city must mirror our overall commitment to a society that is truly equal, where there is expanded access to socio-economic opportunities and where there is dignity and prosperity for all, “Makhura said.

The Premier said through such developments the provincial government aims to do away with RDP housing developments. “Together with the private sector, we are implementing large scale, sustainable mega human settlement projects on well located land with socio-economic opportunities”.

Speaking on behalf of the Vaal River City Development Company that is partnering with the Gauteng Provincial Government on the project, Chief Executive Reginald Kukama said residents will have access to essential services as it becomes a centralized metro and offer affordable housing on prime river location.

The development includes:

* Construction of government offices, which will administer all public-sector services to the Vaal Triangle community;
* About 60000m² of retail and lifestyle space;
* About 40000m² of office space;
* 20ha of parkland, including cycling and pedestrian paths;
* 5000 mixed housing units; and
* A rapid bus transport system similar to Johannesburg‘s Rea Vaya and Tshwane‘s A Re Yeng.

All the developments will be on a 250ha piece of land, which has 6km of river frontage.A total of 10000 jobs are expected to be created during construction and 19000 in the operational phase. Construction is expected to begin before the end of 2015.

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