SA Affordable Housing March - April 2019 // Issue: 75 - Page 24

PROJECTS 1 April 2019. As building commences on Extension 40, the servicing of 610 stands in Extension 39 will follow. More than 10 000 high rise units are planned in Protea Glen Extension 23 by developer Afribiz Invest, which will be a mixed development with bonded and social housing. In addition to this project, plans are afoot to relocate 375 beneficiaries that currently live in the waterworks informal settlement. They will be relocated to a portion of Extension 23 where they will move into the social housing* units once completed. * Social housing is an industry term related to zoning that refers to density of the development per hectare; social housing is specifically limited to a maximum of 40 dwellings per hectare. WORK OPPORTUNITIES The magnitude of this residential development by the developers of SAARDA has created a huge need for work opportunities in the area, which has led to the development of two industrial areas: Protea Industrial Park and Protea Industrial Park West. This 479 hectares (ha) of industrial development is where work opportunities for local people will be created. Located on the corner of the N12 national road and the R558, Protea Industrial Park (about 129ha) has been sold for the development of Masingita City. The first phase is a regional shopping centre of 85 000m² that will break ground in July 2019. This development will create an additional 45 000 temporary and 15 000 permanent work opportunities in the area and bring one of the largest shopping centres in the country to Protea Glen. Also approved in Protea Glen is 350ha of industrial land, known as Protea Industrial Park West. This means that all industrial and commercial development (except chemical and noxious development) can be carried out here. The township has been approved, a bulk sewer line has been installed and runs directly through the site. Water has connection points at the corner of the N12 and R558 roads and at the garage site in Protea Industrial Park West Extension 3. The electricity line has been planned and two new substations will be built in the area – one in Protea Glen Extension 24 and one for the Protea Industrial Park West development. Protea Industrial Park West will be surrounded by more than 100 000 newly developed houses in Protea Glen, Lufhereng, Syferfontein and Soweto together with Lenasia and Eldorado Park to house 1.5 million residents. The Development of Protea Industrial Park West will continue the current transformation of Soweto and surroundings from a dormitory suburb to a business hub. 22 MARCH - APRIL 2019 The average household income of this area, according to a report conducted by Urban Econ in 2014, is R8 172 a month. The newly-built Soweto Day Hospital. On this land the Protea City Agri Processing Industrial Park and Fresh Produce Market is planned, which is a project that aims to address job creation and food security in the heart of Soweto. This R15-billion mega project that will create 50 000 jobs and enable inclusion of small scale emerging and commercial farmers and give them export opportunities to the US, EU and Russia. www.saaffordablehousing.co.za