Massive housing development goes ahead in Golden Gardens

Golden Gardens Housing project has been approved by the Emfuleni Local Municipality and work has already begun in the area. It is the first housing project that has a construction of 666 RDP’s and 666 backyard units, total 1332. The project also entails the construction of 1000 services (water, sewer and storm water).

This is the biggest and a unique housing development ever to be undertaken in Emfuleni area. The beneficiaries will inherit houses with equally beautiful backyards units which can be used for rental purposes that allowing the owners to earn some income.

Massive housing development goes ahead in Golden Gardens

At the same time, this arrangement will allow that some people who are in this region for work and educational purposes only to have some decent accommodation. The first phase of the new Golden Gardens township demonstrates a yield of plus-minus 132units housing opportunities varying in size, typology and tenure type and will address a broad spectrum of income earners.

Bulk services
The first phase started with the installation of major bulk and internal services. This includes sewer and water excavation which is 100% complete, water pipe installation which stands at 95%, sewer pipe installation -85%, storm water installation -95%, link sewer installation -70% and roads are at 50% completion.

The provision of bulk electricity remains the biggest challenge, according to Jacob Lehoko. It is hoped that in the coming month clearer commitments will be given by Electricity Department and Eskom. Despite this, work, which includes a town planning application for phase one, is forging ahead on the multi-phased, mixed-income township.

Various income groups
And there is hope for those households who do not qualify for social housing but whose income also excludes them from the bonded housing market. Emfuleni Local Municipality's housing department is preparing a strategy that will call on private sector developers for the provision of housing at the lower-end of the bonded market, Felicity Human says.

"The strategy will attract developers and financial institutions that have limited access to land to provide housing units for the middle to lower income, currently known as the credit-linked market" said Human.

It will, in part, deal with the housing needs of households whose incomes do not allow them to qualify for full housing subsidies - "households earning between R3 500 and R9 999 a month".

It is expected to take about 10 years to complete the project, which will take place in three phases. Once completed, the township will not only boast various housing typologies but also a range of social amenities and supportive infrastructure.

The area consists of more than 1 800 hectares of agricultural land that belonged to public and private stakeholders. Much of the land has been transferred to the City of Johannesburg, with privately held land bought on the willing-buyer-willing-seller principle. The Joburg Property Company (JPC) was responsible for concluding the agreements with the private land owners.

Schools and clinics.
Of the 110 000 or so people expected to live in the new township, a large proportion will be of school-going age. The business plan, therefore, makes provision for the establishment of 14 primary schools, six secondary schools, two day-care centres and about 45 crèches. There will also be seven community facilities, two primary healthcare clinics and one community health centre.

The City and the project office are working on unlocking grants and funding from various government departments to ensure that the schools and clinics are developed at the same time.

Apart from certain budgets being made available by the City for bulk infrastructure, the Gauteng department of housing will fund the construction of fully subsidised top structures and internal services. These budgets have been made available, confirms Davis.

The Golden Gardens housing development is a joint initiative between Emfuleni Local Municipality and the Gauteng department of housing, and has a total investment value of almost R7,9-billion over a proposed development period of seven to 10 years.

Top structure construction

  • Slabs - 290
  • Wallplates - 190
  • Roofs – steel structure complete -  70
  • Roofs – tiled -  20
  • Houses complete -  2

By Stanley Gaba

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