25 April 2019

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Wednesday announced a
R20-billion investment which he said was the single biggest property investment
the city had ever made through private sector development.

“Through the release of city properties to the private sector for
redevelopment, the city expects to realise R20-billion in expected investment
value, which will soon be visible in the inner-city with 24 developments set to
start within six months,” Mashaba said in a statement. 

“This is in addition to the three developments already underway in
Hillbrow and Newtown.”

He said the investment constituted the largest number of mixed-use
private sector developments focusing on residential and student accommodation
being facilitated by the city at once.

The developments were a result of the prospectus of 71 properties
released to the private sector in 2017 as part of Johannesburg‘s inner city revitalisation
programme, Mashaba said, and were in addition to 13 properties the council
released initially.

“This is just the start of the change we are bringing to the city,
with even more buildings and developments set to
take place in the future,” he said.

The developments are predominantly mixed-use, with emphasis on
affordable residential units, affordable student accommodation and
affordable retail spaces for small, medium
and micro enterprises. 

In total, this first group of developments is expected to yield 10 096
jobs opportunities within the city and approximately 6 500 housing units costing between
R900 and R4 500 per month for each unit, excluding utilities.

The properties are in central JohannesburgYeoville,
Berea, Vrededorp, Fairview, Salisbury, Marshalltown, Wolhuter, Turffontein and
City and Suburban.

“Through the city’s inclusionary housing framework, which makes provision for new developments to include at least 30% affordable housing, residents … can now also live where they choose across Johannesburg with better access to jobs and opportunities,” Mashaba said.

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