Ekurhuleni speeds up delivery of houses

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The City of Ekurhuleni’s commitment to deliver 100 000 housing units is in full swing, with some of its mega housing projects already taking shape.

“In Tembisa Extension 25, over R140 million has been set aside to build over 3 000 housing units in the next three years.

“Currently, the installation of bulk engineering infrastructure is on-going on site. That entails construction of infrastructure for water reticulation, sewer reticulation, storm water reticulation, roads network, and electrical reticulation,” said the city’s spokesperson, Themba Gadebe.

The Tembisa Ext. 25 site covers an area of approximately 58.391 ha. The spatial planning of the area has been done in such a way - that the residential units are not situated on the part of the area that is highly dolomitic as detected through the geotechnical studies conducted.

“The units will be built on an area that is characterised by variable sub-surface conditions. To ensure a risk-free habitation, the architecture was done taking into account the hazard classification by use of high density polyethylene pipes for water, sewer and storm water reticulation.

“These type of pipes are known for their flexibility, durability and resistance to cracks. Attenuation ponds will also be lined to disable water ingress,” said Gadebe.

Residents of the Winnie Mandela informal settlement will be the main beneficiaries of the new housing development in Tembisa Ext. 25, which will consist of full subsidy and social housing units.

Furthermore, the Leeuwpoort Project in the Boksburg area is also proceeding smoothly with a bigger part of work in bulk, civil and electrical infrastructure upgrade as well as internal services underway.

“The project has progressed beyond the radiation clean-up of the contaminated soil and is awaiting the Clearance Certificate from the National Nuclear Regulator. The extension of the switching station building of Reiger Park Sub 117 and replacement of the existing 11kv board with a new 11-panel 11kv board is also complete,”said Gadebe. 

According to the city, over R2 billion is budgeted for the execution of the Leeuwpoort Mega Housing Project in the next seven years.

The northern development portion of the project is already underway. It is set to yield 5 252 housing units consisting of full subsidy, Finance-Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) and bonded units.

Communities set to benefit from this project include; Joe Slovo, Ulana Settlement, Hlahane, Driefontein, Crossroads (Roodekoop Ext.3), Vosloorus, Katlehong, Reiger Park, Cinderella Hostel, Central Hostel and Ramaphosa. –SAnews.gov.za