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A WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR Building a local economy that grows in the hands of the people CITY MANAGER’S MESSAGE Innovative strategies for sustainable development
DIGITAL CITY A smarter city
HEALTHCARE Improving the health of communities
WATER & SANITATION Managing a most precious resource
ARTS & CULTURE A creative, learned city is a leading city
WASTE MANAGEMENT No opportunity wasted
CITY NEWS Rise, Germiston Rapid land release set in motion Growth spurt for Harambee
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STATE OF THE CITY 10-Point Economic Plan Growing in the hands of its people
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A gateway to progress Planning towards a thriving City Going to the next level with Leeuwpoort
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UNLOCKING INVESTMENT Creating a climate for investment
HOUSING Fostering formal homes
ENERGY Power to the people
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A W OR D FR OM THE EXECUTIVE M AY O R
Building a local economy that grows in the hands of the people A quarter of a century since the birth of our democratic nation, the City of Ekurhuleni has done much to place the growth of its economy in the hands of its people. We are proud of our achievements, yet there much still to be done.
he year 2019 also marks the halfway point of our term of office, which commenced in 2016, and we have made great progress in delivering on our promises laid out in the City’s pro-poor agenda, including electrifying informal settlements, improving healthcare, providing housing opportunities and bettering service delivery, among many other initiatives. Internally, the City is in a very positive state, with successive unqualified audits, the implementation of a new knowledge management system, a greater focus on the professionalisation of our workforce and rolling out new ICT infrastructure to create a unified, paperless system for the City’s administrative processes. Improving the way our city is run is key to ensuring quality service delivery on the ground. Our efforts have been acknowledged by the likes of Moody’s, with the City retaining its investmentgrade status of BAA3/AAA.za. Of course, another positive spin-off of our constant drive to improve our processes is that revenue collection improves, and the City’s budget grows as a result. This virtuous cycle is key for the City’s ability
to both roll out new capital projects and maintain existing infrastructure.
GROWTH IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE The City of Ekurhuleni is nothing without its most important stakeholders – its people – and we are firmly behind the theme expressed in this year’s State of the City Address, ‘Building a local economy that grows in the hands of the people’. Households and businesses are at the heart of all our activities, as the City, and without their buy-in, we cannot succeed in our mandate. The hard yards we have put in to improving the lives of our citizens have certainly been bearing fruit. In October 2018, the results of the 5th Gauteng City-Region Observatory Quality of Life Survey revealed that Ekurhuleni outranked Gauteng’s other metros in the level of citizen satisfaction with their quality of life. We are constantly moving closer to making Ekurhuleni a city in which people actively choose and aspire to live, work and play. We have redoubled our efforts to make Ekurhuleni a highly attractive investment destination and are constantly exploring new ways to grow business investment. With the Aerotropolis concept underpinning spatial and economic
development across the City, the opportunities for businesses to invest in our city of the future are endless. On the large-scale side, huge mixeduse developments such as Riverfields and Leeuwpoort are testament to the amazing successes that can be achieved when the City and private sector stakeholders come together, in partnerships that work, to the benefit of Ekurhuleni’s people. On the other end of the spectrum, the City has placed significant focus on boosting skills development and encouraging the growth of SMMEs, particularly those run by previously disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. In supporting these businesses – through grants, incubation programmes or contract work – the City acknowledges the importance of SMMEs, and it is in hands such as these that our local and national economy can and must grow. Further, I am delighted to announce that the City is moving full steam ahead with the OR Tambo University of Applied Science and Technology Project, with President Ramaphosa in agreement that Ekurhuleni needs a university of its own.
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C IT Y MANAGER ’ S MESSAGE
Innovative strategies for sustainable development The City of Ekurhuleni remains the economic hub of the country and, therefore, we must constantly look at innovative ways of building on the current economic activity.
s we pursue systematic interventions towards radical socio-economic transformation, we have rationalised and aligned the City’s programmes to the imperatives of the Growth and Development Strategy 2055.
AEROTROPOLIS In this regard, the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis programme has been adopted as an overarching flagship programme that encapsulates other flagships, such as the Digital City, IRPTN, Dams and Lakes, Urban Regeneration, Township Economies Development and the Revitalisation of the Manufacturing Sector to drive the radical economic development and transformation agenda of Ekurhuleni. There is no doubt that the Aerotropolis concept is now mainstreamed in the Dr Imogen Mashazi, City Manager
City’s economic and aviation planning doctrines, and has ignited a new wave of investment in and around O.R. Tambo International Airport’s catchment area. It should be noted that the implementation of the Aerotropolis programme in Ekurhuleni intends to balance the distribution of economic activity between the affluent areas and the townships of Ekurhuleni, through a systematic spatial and economic programme to enable geographic spread. The Aerotropolis concept has been very successful in airport cities of Asia, Europe and North America; hence, the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis programme offers a unique opportunity to apply lessons learnt at these other airports to develop a truly African solution to our economic system. As we sell the idea of investing in Africa’s first Aerotropolis to the rest of the world, we have an obligation to lay a foundation that is conducive to investment.
As we sell the idea of investing in Africa’s first Aerotropolis to the rest of the world, we have an obligation to lay a foundation that is conducive to investment
We have, therefore, decided to prioritise investment in decaying urban centres. The first four CBDs earmarked for muchneeded facelifts are Germiston, Boksburg, Kempton Park and Alberton. These will be turned into modern, vibrant urban centres so that they can attract investors and boost the economy of the region. That we have chosen to prioritise the renewal of the headquarters of our City, Germiston, is a clear indication in our belief in the adage
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that ‘charity begins at home’. The Germiston Precinct Development, which has already taken off, will give our capital a new look that is aimed at attracting investors, while at the same creating a centre with a bouquet of municipal services that will make life easier for residents and business alike.
A LEADING CITY For many years, we have made it clear that we aim to be counted among the leading global cities, and for us to realise this we must invest in our infrastructure so that the whole world can be exposed to a welcoming and professional place of peace that is ready for investment. Global cities around the world have unique and iconic features that make them stand out – making them attractive to tourists and investors, and that is our aim. A lot of thought has gone into the Germiston Precinct Development and we are convinced that, once completed, it will become a hive of activity and bring in much-needed investment – and,
ultimately, jobs. The people of Ekurhuleni and the rest of the world can look forward to an axis made up of the Germiston Civic Centre, President Station and the Germiston Lake. Some of the key projects are the Germiston Customer Care Centre, the Spilsbury mixed-use building and residential development, a world-class city library and planetarium, as well as the improvement of walkways, parks and public spaces. The City is at an advanced stage of constructing the new Customer Care Centre, which is due for completion in December 2019. This will be a one-stop shop that provides customers with easy access to all municipal services. Of great excitement is the possibility of a hotel forming part of the precinct, in the near future; however, its realisation is subject to the findings of a feasibility study.
CREATING OPPORTUNITY It is envisaged that the innovative idea of providing retail and office space at the new Customer Care Centre, the Spilsbury
mixed-use building, and city library and planetarium will create investment opportunities for both small and big businesses – resulting in job opportunities for the people of Ekurhuleni. This new precinct subscribes to our broader philosophy of live, play and invest, which positions the City of Ekurhuleni as a city so good you will want to live, play and invest in it. As the City invests in the precinct, it is important that we appeal to private property owners in the CBD to meet us halfway by renovating their buildings that need attention. In this way, we will be able to build an iconic Germiston that is the pride of Ekurhuleni and Gauteng, and the envy of the rest of the country. Our interventions cannot realise the envisaged impact if they are not coupled with a systematic programme to crowdin strategic investment into the City. Furthermore, it is inevitable that a city such as ours should adopt a posture that is welcoming to strategic partnerships and private sector investments.
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10-POINT Economic Plan The City of Ekurhuleni strives to ensure effective service delivery to create a vibrant, flourishing city for residents and businesses alike. Its 10-point Economic Plan lies at the heart of this approach.
Support SMMEs through Public Procurement
Land Availability for Strategic Development
Acceleration of IDZ/SEZ Programme
Aerotropolis Masterplan Implementation
Implementation of Township Economy Strategy
An Enabling Public Transport System
Massive Infrastructure Investment
Promote Localisation & Production
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At the heart of service delivery is the Cityâ€™s 10-point Economic Plan
S TAT E O F T HE C IT Y
Growing in the hands of its people
The City of Ekurhuleni recognises that sustainable economic development and genuine transformation can only be achieved when the economy is in the hands of the people.
pon the commencement of this administration’s term of office, it was made clear that a programme of action to advance a pro-poor agenda would be a guiding philosophy. This agenda is a deliberate and systematic approach to roll out service delivery and economic development opportunities in a manner that uplifts the poorest sections of Ekurhuleni. In 2016, the administration adopted an interactive approach for the executive and senior managers to be more actively engaged with the
residents of the City. The initiative, called the Siyaqhuba Mayoral Outreach Programme, was initially intended to be a programme specific to the first 100 days of the administration; however, owing to its success and the demand that it generated, it was extended and has become a programme of the City. The City’s agenda is in line with the short-term objectives of the Growth and Development Strategy (GDS 2055), which aims to build a city that is well managed, efficiently resourced and financially sustainable, with no service delivery challenges.
This has required the professionalisation and alignment of governance structures, the recruitment of qualified and energetic personnel and senior management, and the filling of as many vacancies as necessary. The City has also developed a Knowledge Management Strategy and Policy and has institutionalised a set of policies intended to regulate and underpin its governance operations – these include the Standard Operations Procedure for Performance Monitoring and a Delegation of Powers Policy, Integrity Management Framework, Business Continuity Management Policy, Occupational Health and Safety Policy, and Systems of Delegation. It further introduced a stage-gate review system for planning, the Capex War Room to assess capex performance, and appointed a panel of service providers. Systems were also established
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to ensure clean audits and clear previous Auditor General findings. This is done through quarterly management meetings championed by the Internal Audit team. As a result of these interventions, the City has received two unqualified audit outcomes with no unauthorised, irregular and fruitless expenditure, and a clean audit on performance information. This means that, having assessed the state of the City’s finances, the Auditor General’s judgment is that Ekurhuleni’s financial statements are fairly and appropriately presented, without any exceptions, and in compliance with accounting standards. True to the success of its revenue collection and financial management systems, the City registered profound progress. Its capital budget increased by an average of 10.5% per annum
The City of Ekurhuleni is exploring how best it can support investment in a way that takes advantage of its various potential resources and refashions the use of abandoned resources
from R2.3 billion to R6.5 billion. For the last financial year, the City funded its own capex – a testament to its financial health and credibility. The City of Ekurhuleni maintained its investment-grade Moody’s rating of BAA3/AAA.za, which is not only a vote of confidence in the finances and governance of the City, but also makes it easier to raise funds for capex projects. A 2018 National Treasury review confirmed that the City complies with all the department’s revised benchmark indicators. Service delivery is sound and the City’s financial health, institution and governance are all stable; in comparison, other metros are not doing as well in all four indicators. This is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of the City in ensuring that it runs a stable and secure metro. The City’s commitment to advancing a pro-poor agenda has always been anchored in the belief that the only way to meaningfully redress the injustices of a past is to strengthen efforts in providing services that would not only level the playing fields for the previously disadvantaged, but also ensure that they live a life of dignity.
Between Q2 2017 and Q2 2019, the City rolled out an informal settlement electrification programme, which led to the installation of 33 236 photovoltaic lighting systems. As at April 2019, the City had electrified 8 981 households in informal settlements such as Langaville, Winnie Mandela, Gugulethu, Zamaland, Everest and Peter Mokaba - bringing the total number of connected households in informal settlements to 15 590, with thousands more planned for the current financial year. This will go a long way in ensuring that residents in informal settlements are able to generate meaningful livelihoods. In order to address water infrastructure failures and water capacity constraints caused by the unmatched growth demand in the City, the Aqua Leap programme was established. Existing reserve capacities in areas like Benoni, Germiston, Brakpan, Springs, Edenvale, Kempton Park and Tembisa can currently only supply between 2 to 10 hours if there are water interruptions halting inflow into the reservoirs, which is less than the normal standard of 24 to 48 hours. The City of Ekurhuleni has committed to building 29 reservoirs by 2021, with a storage capacity of 550 megalitres. The City is on track to deliver around 200 megalitres of this storage before the end of 2019. The construction of these reservoirs is significant because they will ensure security of supply of water and interlink supply between zones. On the topic of supply, the City
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project assists with the conversion of leasehold erven to freehold erven, thereby providing residents with title deeds to their erven, ensuring their ownership. By mid-2019, 39 townships were regularised, which will yield 32 559 title deeds to be distributed to the beneficiaries The City has refurbished hostels and flats in Daveyton, KwaThema Hostel and Karatchi Court. As at April 2019, 6 047 title deeds had been issued to deserving beneficiaries. The City aims to double this number in the 2019/20 financial year.
IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE achieved an additional 11 323 new connections for water and sewerage to formal dwellings by Q2 2019. This was accompanied by the installation of 23 483 new water meters and as well as a meter refurbishment initiative for old ones. This investment helped to ensure a significant reduction in water losses. This installation and maintenance programme has also assisted in the reduction of non-revenue water wastages. More than 12 500 water service points had been installed in informal settlements by April this year to improve access points and reduce the distance travelled to collect water. In our water-scarce country, this will go a long way in contributing to the saving of water.
HOUSING A CITY The City has a longer-term plan to work hard to see the delivery of 100 000 housing units and 59 000 service stands over the term ending in 2021. This ambitious commitment was made in recognition of the need to resolve the housing challenge that is embedded in South Africa’s broader land question. Housing is not only a basic human right, but a foundation on which human dignity is built. The City is deeply passionate about resolving the housing backlog that it is faced with, hence the ambitious goal it set for itself. In the 2017/18 financial year, the City acquired 12 382 service stands, while 26 000 low-cost houses were completed over 24 months. In the 2018/19 financial year, 7 058 housing opportunities were provided by the City. The City is also in the process of constructing three 12
megaprojects - namely John Dube, Daggafontein and Leeuwpoort - with a combined total yield of 50 571 units. Additionally, the City is building more units in various areas, namely Clayville, Chief Albert Luthuli Ext 6 and Tsakane Ext 22. Combined, the delivered RDP units number 4 754, while 5 647 service stands were provided, for a combined total yield of 27 154. The work of the City in the provision of dignified human settlements has drawn significant investment from the private sector. At present, construction of the GreenReef development, with a total yield of 20 000, is ongoing, while six other developments with a total yield of 54 721 are in the design and planning stages. These include Riverfields, Mapleton Extension, Watervalspruit, Nigel Prasa Rolling Stock City, Carnival Junction and the Windmill Park Node. The City has accelerated its provision of land available for large-scale investments through the unlocking of dolomitic land. As at April 2019, the City had unlocked 123 842 ha of dolomitic land for major developments such as proposed township establishment. Since 2016, the City has embarked on the regularisation of townships - this
123 842 ha The City has unlocked 123 842 ha of dolomitic land for major developments such as proposed township establishment
The success of the City’s pro-poor philosophy of governance and service delivery was confirmed by the results of the 5th Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) Quality of Life Survey released in October 2018. The GCRO survey is a researched and evidence-based assessment of the successes and failures of policy interventions in the eyes of the citizens of Gauteng. Accordingly, the survey affirmed the positive impact of the City’s pro-poor governance strategy. The citizens of Ekurhuleni have actively given a thumbs-up, while highlighting areas of improvement. Overall, the City is doing better than almost all municipalities in Gauteng. More instructive is the fact that Ekurhuleni is a leader among its peer group of metros, having performed the best in terms of the level of citizen satisfaction in the GCRO Quality of Life assessment.
A CHANGING WORLD The nature of work and industry is changing globally, and each city must position itself to take its citizens forward. In the shifting of economy, the City of Ekurhuleni is exploring how best it can support investment in a way that takes advantage of its various potential resources and refashions the use of abandoned resources. It is critical to engage policy towards attracting investment into infrastructure and economic growth that is anchored on job creation initiatives. This understanding led to the formulation of a strategic framework, named Big Ideas for Development, which is to underpin the City’s efforts to ensure coordinated and impactful
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interventions to boost the local economy. The framework for this Big Ideas for Development initiative articulates a broad approach that prioritises short- to long-term reforms in: • job creation initiatives • increased private investment in the local economy • transportation infrastructure • improved urban settlement planning • cultural dynamism • inclusivity. Similarly, the City of Ekurhuleni profiles itself as a ‘Smart, Creative and Developmental City’. In order to position the City as a cultural, creative city, as well as a preferred tourism destination, it is imperative that the City invest in an annual signature event that is locally, nationally and internationally recognised and that will position the City and yield economic spin-offs for the region, local artists and its communities in general, as well as contribute to an improved balance between work and play – improving quality of life. The City looks to engage with local entrepreneurs to assess the state and sustainability of their businesses in order to extend the necessary financial and technical support. Businesses that will benefit from this initiative will be chosen on merit, with priorities being businesses owned by young people,
women and persons with disabilities, to ensure that resources are channelled towards businesses that will contribute meaningfully towards building a local economy that grows in the hands of the people. This initiative will complement the Pitching Booster, a government programme designed to attract young entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas to solve community, or even national, problems while generating income for their businesses.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT In 2017/18, the City received R44 million from the national fiscus for job creation and the proposed new Extended Public Works Programme policy, which ensures that capital projects generate jobs for local labour. As at April 2019, the City’s Grant-In-Aid programme had produced 1 521 beneficiaries at a total allocation value of R100 million.
R100 million The City increased its education allocation to the community bursary fund to R100 million
In advancing its skills development project, the City increased its education allocation to the community bursary fund to R100 million, which is a tenfold increase from previous years, when the bursary fund was at R10 million. The net effect of this investment has been an increase in the number of beneficiaries from 297 to 1 850, with an intention to triple this in five years. The City also managed the placement of 1 500 unemployed youth in internships over and above the 3 513 already in the system, and afforded learnerships to an additional 315 learners over and above the existing 275. The City of Ekurhuleni’s commitment to the development of young people extends to more than the provision of bursaries and scholarships. The City has adopted a progressive resolution to support youth, with the decision to give a minimum of 40% work opportunities to unemployed and skilled youth being an important milestone. Key to the City’s pursuit of skills development was the commissioning of a feasibility study on a university in Ekurhuleni focusing on applied engineering, logistics, science, aviation, tourism and hospitality. The study revealed a need and immense potential for a university within the city. The significance of building of a university in the city will not be limited only to the area of education, but rather broader urban development. It will concentrate high numbers of people in a central area, which will produce new human settlements, commercial enterprises and transportation networks that will create a dynamic urban centre. This will inform the development of many business ideas that straddle the business, artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial value chains. This commitment to building a sustainable local economy is a top priority for the City and ensures that local development will be fostered in the hands of the people of Ekurhuleni.
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Ensuring power supply security B a Tsonga Electrical, in its current form, was founded in 2011, although the company’s original establishment dates back more than 20 years, to 1997. When the new management team took over and altered the company’s ownership model and structure, it recommitted itself to a new mission and vision, underpinned by a number of key values. Having started off with only four staff members, Ba Tsonga now has a staff complement of over 50 employees working in its various departments, under company director Lucky Mampane. The company’s departments consist of: Welding, Grinding, Wiring, Installation, Maintenance and Administration. The company strives to be a production leader in the manufacturing industry, promising to deliver only the best professional services and products that exceed customer expectations. As a 100% black-owned entity, Ba Tsonga is also committed to creating sustainable
employment opportunities and driving product innovation, which can be clearly seen in the enclosures it fabricates. The company does everything from welding the steel-panelling to the wiring and installation of access-control measures on its tamperproof boxes at its workshop in Anderbolt, Boksburg. The enclosures are then installed on-site by Ba Tsonga’s experienced Installation team or appointed local contractors, under strict supervision – passing on skills and creating employment opportunities as projects are executed. Ba Tsonga, however, does not only manufacture enclosures but also provides maintenance services and fulfils refurbishment needs on enclosures installed by other companies, with no job proving too big or small. The bulk of the company’s work has been for the public sector, delivering on contracts for entities such as Eskom, City Power, the City of Johannesburg, Tshwane and, of course, the City of Ekurhuleni.
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CITY OF EKURHULENI Ba Tsonga has a longstanding, positive working relationship with the City of Ekurhuleni, having installed over 5 000 electrical enclosures – from pole-mounted boxes to mini-substation enclosures – over a period of six years. Even more impressive than the number of boxes installed is the fact that the company has had no product failures in the city, which has resulted in zero returns on its enclosures. Beyond its manufacturing and maintenance specialisation, the company has also been involved in planning and surveying operations to best inform the placement of its electrical infrastructure components. Like South Africa’s other metros, Ekurhuleni faces significant challenges in providing adequate services to its existing informal settlements, not to mention new ones popping up across its vastly spreadout territory. Because of their cramped
and haphazard nature, formalising and electrifying these settlements requires specialist input and solutions. In this instance, Ba Tsonga’s pole-mounted, tamperproof electrical boxes ensure the space needed for electrical infrastructure is minimised, making them an ideal solution in cramped conditions, such as those experienced in informal settlements.
KEEPING AHEAD OF THE CURVE The scourge of electrical-infrastructurerelated crime in South Africa is well known, which is why it is key to have protective, tamperproof enclosures to prevent illegal tampering that may lead to activities such as cable and electrical component theft. As in every sphere working towards reducing criminal behaviour, innovation is key. When it comes to tamperproof boxes, one of the most important elements, other than the efficacy of the materials and design used, is the matter of an
Ba Tsonga’s pole-mounted, tamperproof electrical boxes ensure the space needed for electrical infrastructure is minimised, making them an ideal solution in cramped conditions, such as those experienced in informal settlements
effective locking mechanism and access control. The locking mechanism consists of multiple, thick stainless-steel closing rods and strong internally located hinges, which cannot be bent or broken with a crowbar, making it exceptionally difficult to access without authorisation. In terms of access control, Ba Tsonga’s enclosures utilise two main methods – these being either key card access or remote operation. With the former, on-site operators need to be in physical possession of the appropriate access card in order to open the enclosure. With remote control, however, it requires an operator to be on-site to request the opening of the enclosure from a remote location. The remote agent’s systems provide oversight of the status of all enclosures in a specific area, including whether any enclosure doors are open, what the status of electrical supply is and whether there has been any attempt at tampering. This takes the security and access to information of Ba Tsonga’s boxes to another level. As for the materials used in the fabrication of the company’s enclosures, these depend on the contract or tender specifications, with Ba Tsonga producing boxes made from either mild steel or 3CR12 stainless steel. Its ground-mounted enclosures are also secured to large concrete plinths, which are submerged and secured into the earth to a depth of 500 mm. The external surface of the boxes can then be powder-coated in an array of colours, as requested by the client. When it comes to ensuring the security of on-the-ground electricity supply, Ba Tsonga Electrical provides a reliable, committed service that is dedicated to excellence and South Africa’s national imperatives of service delivery and job creation.
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A gateway to progress Owing to its location and good infrastructure, Ekurhuleni is already a hive of logistics activity, and the region’s capabilities are set to grow exponentially through the development of a new container terminal at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway.
he R2 billion state-of-the-art Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway will comprise an intermodal rail terminal, container and warehousing facilities, a training incubation centre, and township development. Transnet, the City of Ekurhuleni and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport have announced a public-private partnership agreement for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the intermodal container terminal. The project commences in February 2020 and will be completed by 2022. It is expected to create 81 000 jobs during the construction phase and 110 000 permanent jobs upon completion, as well as contribute to local and national economic growth. The main objective
of the project is to develop a new intermodal terminal at Tambo Springs that will accommodate the estimated increase in demand for container traffic in the south-eastern region of Gauteng.
A KEY CORRIDOR The Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway is one of the City of Ekurhuleni’s Strategic Urban Developments, and will be strategically located on the southern border of the Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg metropolis. It will also include the road freight and rail corridor between Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, ensuring that the current and future container volume traffic can and will be efficiently and appropriately serviced by rail, thus alleviating the existing and projected pressure on the N3 road infrastructure. Further, the project is aligned to the 25-year Gauteng Integrated Transport Masterplan and, once completed, the inland terminal will completely change the face of Gauteng. The City of Ekurhuleni will provide major bulk services for the development and has budgeted R70 million towards the project for 2019/20 financial year. Other
multiplier effects, like taxi ranks, will be constructed and generate other indirect jobs.
BENEFITS Some of the benefits of this project include the potential growth of the national gross domestic product (GDP) and skills development. It is estimated that container movement to and from Gauteng is expected to grow to 4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per annum by 2021, from 3 million TEUs currently. The development will therefore ease road traffic by diverting road cargo to rail networks linked to the country’s sea ports, improving the quality of life for mainly the people of Ekurhuleni, as well as Gauteng. The project, which will be in the corridor of VosloorusKatlehong, will be of great benefit to the City and will assist in alleviating recent unemployment challenges. For that, the City is very grateful, says MMC for Infrastructure Masele Madihlaba. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport plans to construct a road network linking the Tambo Springs development directly to the N3 and other locations via a new link road and interchange.
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Planning towards a thriving city South Africa’s spatial and developmental legacy presents a plethora of challenges to fostering thriving, integrated and equitable local economies. In working towards solving these issues, the City of Ekurhuleni takes a multifaceted approach that requires meticulous planning.
he City’s trajectory for the built environment is to drive and sharpen Ekurhuleni’s spatial form. In the revision and completion of current strategies, policies and frameworks, it aims to ensure the implementation of spatial form as expressed in the IDP and associated master plans. The spatial development agenda is advanced through various City development policies, plans, systems, growth management initiatives and budgets. The mandate of the City’s planning function is to: • provide spatial leadership towards creating a vibrant, safe and sustainable City • play a strategic role in developing and promoting an integrated City that addresses spatial injustices • implement initiatives that enhance a developmental City • support and facilitate Strategic Urban Developments • account for an end-to-end built environment. The City Planning Department provides services to communities in the assessment of development applications, building plans, outdoor advertising, property encroachments and the provision of general information for geographical investigations. These services are recognised as revenue collected for sundry income and augment into revenue collection for the City. The following are the services available to communities at the department’s customer care centres across the City: • provision of geographic information services to stakeholders • advisory built environment services to the public, investors and stakeholders • granting of development approvals, building plans and outdoor advertising • spatial coordination of sectoral plans and master plans • building control and outdoor advertising services.
PLANNING Interactions and plans by the City for the 2018/19 financial year, in relation to key focus areas of its core business that contributed towards achieving the City’s service delivery 20
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mandate, included a number of plans, listed below. Urban design precinct plans During the 2018/19 financial year, the City aimed to formulate two urban design precinct plans, namely the Kwa-Thema CBD Urban Design Precinct Plan and the Springs CBD Urban Design Precinct Plan. The formulation of urban design precinct plans comprises part of a longer-term programme that also makes up part of the current MTREF (Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework) of the City, which involves the formulation of a range of urban design precinct plans for a number of precincts throughout the City of
Ekurhuleni. Figures 1 and 2 depict an overview list and locality of previous and current/upcoming urban design precinct plans formulated as part of the wider urban design precinct plan programme. Spatial and infrastructure planning The City has been involved in a few projects that form part of the implementation of the 2015 MSDF, as well as projects emanating from the implementation plans of other plans that the City is responsible for. Performance of these projects for 2018/19 financial year included the Infrastructure Master Plan, which is a mechanism aimed to manage and inform the development
and infrastructure investment to achieve a balanced and sustainable city. Another important part of this was the feasibility studies for four precincts, namely Bredell, Dunnottar, Dries Niemandt and Thelle Mogoerane. These studies have confirmed that the conceptual projects are implementable as per the precinct plans and will be budgeted for for implementation by various City as wellÂ as externalÂ stakeholders. BPM project The electronic system to enhance the tracking of development applications has been upgraded and streamlined to ensure that there is more
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DID YOU KNOW? The integrated Innovation District of GreenReef is set to be the home of the City of Ekurhuleni’s proposed university, with 20 ha of land set aside for the purposes of this development.
effective use of the BPM (best practicable means) programme. This will enhance the City’s ability to map development applications through its geographic information system (GIS). A total of 67 applications were processed through this upgraded system. Development applications Over the 2018/19 financial year, the City processed and finalised a total of 190 applications. Of these, 160 were rezoning applications and 30 township establishment applications. Over and above these, the Ekurhuleni Municipal Planning Tribunal (EMPT) – which has delegations to consider applications with objections and/ or representations, negative comments and deviations from the respective spatial development frameworks – considered a total of 72 applications. The different types of applications considered were as follows: Township Establishment, 16 applications; Rezoning, 21 applications; Special Consent, 14 applications, and Other (written consent, subdivisions, SDPs, etc.), 21 applications. The City also processed 2 014 Rezoning and Township applications during this period. Township regularisation This programme includes the investigation of the current legislative status quo of the townships in terms of the town planning requirements, land survey requirements and conveyancing requirements, as well as the current use of the properties on the ground (e.g contraventions to the scheme, contraventions to the National Building Regulations, illegal occupation of municipal/ government land, encroachments). The programme further ensures the completion of due processes in terms of the aforementioned fields in order to eventually ensure that the township has been registered at the Deeds Office and the ownership has been upgraded from leasehold to freehold (known as the Upgrading of Land Tenure Right).
Spatial planning land-use management planning The City drafted its Spatial Planning and Land Use Management by-laws. Further to this, the City conducted two landuse surveys in Kempton Park and Germiston.
CATALYTIC PROJECTS The City has previously identified numerous Strategic Urban Developments (SUDs) as large-scale urban developments that are of a metropolitan-wide, strategic nature and are of critical importance in building the City of Ekurhuleni as envisaged in the Growth Development Strategy, Integrated Development Plan, MSDF and CIF. The identified SUDs are typically initiated and led by the private sector or a state-owned enterprise, and usually straddle two or more townships. The approved SUDs have yielded the following: • creation of sustainable job opportunities • increase in employment stability • sustainable income source – income in ratable real estate • training and skills development of workers • increase in the economic base in the region • creation of positive spill-over effects • increase in and expansion of the product and service range within the market, and improvement in the overall quality thereof • attraction of higher volumes of consumers to the area and reduction in the leakage of purchasing power to the market. The Strategic Urban Developments Capex Bulk Infrastructure aims at identifying strategic developments that would significantly improve 22
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the City economically and socially. The City embarked on key interventions to augment this growth trajectory. Primary to the City’s interventions and responsibilities was the provision of bulk infrastructure to service the SUDs, and a total of R231 million was invested by the City to unlock infrastructure investments in terms of the five bulk infrastructure projects listed below. 1. Prasa-Gibela: Provision of Infrastructure The rail and road, stormwater reticulation and retention, sewerage reticulation, bulk water supply and bulk electricity supply and associated installations are aimed at enabling the 29 ha Prasa-Gibela manufacturing plant in Nigel. The project will improve the current state of trains in South Africa and will allow Prasa to provide an excellent service that is safe and secure. During the next 10 to 15 years, the factory will replace all or part of the current fleet. A total number of 1 631 jobs were created during the construction phase and 620 people are currently employed at the factory. 2. Riverfields: Construction of Witfontein Northern Outfall Sewer The construction of the Witfontein Northern Outfall Sewer, which forms part of the Pomona Outfall Sewer line, connects three SUDs located in close proximity to each other and all three form part of the R21 corridor located within the Aerotropolis Core. These include the Serengeti development that is currently extending its development through the construction of high-density residential development and more, and the
M&T Development – Witfontein Ext 93, which is currently constructing a highdensity development consisting of 200 residential units. 3. GreenReef: Construction of Comet Road GreenReef is an economically inclusive and socially integrated mixed-use/income Innovation District located in a mining belt. The construction of a spine road will unlock the GreenReef development, promoting mobility in the City. Once this road is completed, it will unlock the GreenReef development to the value of around R15 billion, excluding the proposed university on the very same land. GreenReef is donating 20 ha of land for the establishment of the City’s proposed university. 4. Airport Precinct: Design of the Rhodesfield-O.R. Tambo International Airport Link Roads The purpose of the proposed overpass road link is to serve as a first step in unlocking the development potential of Rhodesfield. The proposed overpass link would create a direct link from the planned Rhodesfield Precinct to O.R. Tambo International Airport. In conjunction with the Gautrain and Prasa rail stations, Rhodesfield is set to evolve into a potential commercial hub. Some potential benefits of the project include: • greatly enhanced accessibility to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Gautrain, Prasa and the proposed BRT modality options at a major transport interchange • promotion of sustainable transport usage
• increased accessibility to O.R. Tambo International Airport and Rhodesfield would potentially attract private sector investment • increased land values in the Rhodesfield Precinct • road link will reduce congestion on the local road network to access O.R. Tambo International Airport and the regional road network as well. A specific development to benefit from the construction of the bridge is the R4.5 billion Airports Company South Africa Western precinct property development. Phase 1A of this site consists of office, retail, hotel and conference centre space. Another development to benefit from the link bridge is the proposed R2 billion Rhodesfield mixed-use development, consisting of hotel, residential, conferencing, retail and commercial facilities. 5. M&T Development: Construction of Bulk Stormwater and R21 Expressway The construction of R21 expressway and bulk stormwater is set to unlock the M&T East Point Development, which is located on the south-eastern quadrant of the R21 freeway and R25 (proposed provincial road K60 Interchange). This development will act as a catalyst for economic development and job creation in a strategically located position within the Aerotropolis Core, adjacent to the Albertina Sisulu freeway. The City will leverage off the bulk infrastructure to unlock further economic growth and development in its medium- to long-term development strategies.
P ROFI L E | M U CH ASPHALT
For Much Asphalt, investment in technology and innovation to produce leading asphalt products is only half of the answer to success. The company believes it is equally critical to develop skills that ensure asphalt is placed correctly to achieve long life and durability, says Gauteng sales manager Kalay Naidoo.
Kalay Naidoo, sales manager: Gauteng, Much Asphalt, at the Eikenhof plant
Developing skills for
uch Asphalt is Southern Africa’s largest commercial producer of hot and cold asphalt products, and has served the South African roads industry since 1965. Together, Much Asphalt and its subsidiaries – SprayPave and East Coast Asphalt – operate 17 static plants, four mobile asphalt plants and three emulsion/modified binder facilities in South Africa. The Much Asphalt group is a Level 1 BBBEE Contributor against the Department of Trade and Industry’s Amended Construction Sector Code.
SERVING EKURHULENI Gauteng is home to four of Much Asphalt’s plants, which, together, offer the market a combined capacity of almost 1 000 tonnes of asphalt per hour, led by the flagship Benoni plant capable of producing 300 tonnes per hour. The other three facilities are based in Eikenhof, Roodepoort and Pomona. SprayPave manufactures, supplies and applies bituminous binders, emulsions, primes and pre-coats for the roadbuilding industry from its facilities in
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Much Asphalt can meet all asphalt specifications, including products with a reduced environmental footprint such as warmmix asphalt and mixes with high percentages of recycled asphalt Alrode, Alberton, as well as Cape Town and Durban. SprayPave also owns and operates a multistage bitumen converter that changes bituminous refinery feedstocks into superior-quality bitumen to suit all asphalt specifications. This technology is unique in Africa and helps ensure that Much Asphalt has access to the correctly specified bitumen to meet all project requirements.
An aerial view of the Benoni plant
MEETING CUSTOMER NEEDS Naidoo explains that Much Asphalt products are used on roads and airport runway projects for national, provincial and local government, as well as by the private sector – from major construction companies to SMMEs involved in smaller-scale road surfacing and maintenance projects. These smaller customers receive special attention to ensure that they provide quality results and sustainable employment. Much Asphalt can meet all asphalt specifications, including products with a reduced environmental footprint such as warm-mix asphalt and mixes
with high percentages of recycled asphalt. Specialist products include UTFCs, UTLAs, Much Asphalt Coldmix and many others, with highly modified binders, as well as Salphalt support coat and Micropave, under licence. The Coldmix product, for example, incorporates highquality crushed aggregate and modified binder for optimal performance as an all-weather temporary road surface repair solution. Applied correctly, Lab technician Bonginkosi Xaba uses a dynamic shear rheometer (DSR) to test bituminous Coldmix has an evenbinders at the Much Asphalt textured, low-permeability Gauteng Regional finish suitable for enduring Laboratory repairs to driveways, parking bays and roads. All of Much Asphalt’s plants have their own dedicated process control laboratories on-site – led by the SANAS-accredited Central Laboratory in Cape Town. Much Asphalt holds ISO ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems certification as well as OHSAS 18001 (DQS) Health and Safety Management certification and subscribes to the ‘zero harm’ philosophy.
INVESTMENT IN THE ASPHALT SECTOR “Job creation in South Africa depends on SMMEs and these businesses need the skills to be sustainable,” says Naidoo. Much Asphalt provides free workshops on best practice in the placement of hot-mix asphalt to assist individuals, SMMEs, and local and provincial authorities. Thousands of people have received this practical training since it was launched 2006. The workshops aim to establish a uniform, industrywide standard for high-quality, hand-laid asphalt. All delegates also receive a comprehensive Hand-laid Hot Mix Asphalt manual for future reference. Naidoo adds value to clients by assisting in setting up spreadsheets to automate calculations and explaining costing issues such as discounts, binder variation, binder rise and fall as well as escalation.
Much Asphalt Benoni can be contacted at +27 (0)11 423 1004 and SprayPave Alrode at +27 (0)11 868 5451.
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Creating a climate for investment The City of Ekurhuleni is committed to being a major hub of investment in South Africa and strives to make doing business even easier going forward.
well-functioning city requires both the buy-in of its workers and residents as well as considerable financial weight to ensure it can effectively deliver services and foster economic growth. This is why the City of Ekurhuleni has worked tirelessly to attract investment from within South Africa and beyond, which has led to an impressive list of committed and potential stakeholders. The City’s engagements with commercial industries have resulted in a projected R300 billion investment pipeline. This is in part thanks to efforts to consolidate the City’s approach towards this sector of the economy, ditching a siloed approach and
drawing all spheres of government into a comprehensive investment strategy. Among the instruments of the City to unlock this investment pipeline is considering the potential of using rebates in rates and taxes as part of its incentive strategy, boosting employment opportunities. In this regard, the investment approach is centered on an integrative platform wherein the following action plan is prioritised: • Partner with local and international chambers of commerce and industry associations to entice, facilitate and retain inward investment by creating a dedicated fund through the Ekurhuleni Development Agency.
• Develop the Ekurhuleni Investment Book by combining both public- and private-sector-driven projects. • Operationalise a consolidated Investment Incentive Policy Framework as enabled by by-laws guided by the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (Spluma; No. 16 of 2013). • Adopt a funding model towards Strategic Urban Developments and mega developments through a dedicated funding regime for bulk engineering services. • Consolidate partnerships with private sector operators to register public-private partnerships for strategic infrastructure development with National Treasury and the Government Technical Advisory Centre. • Centralise the engagement with investors and developers through the Mayoral Investment Clearing Committee.
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• Reconfigure investmentfacilitating processes to eliminate administrative blockages that are a stumbling block to investments by introducing a KPI on the CM and all MMCs, COOs and HODs to enable investments by eliminating barriers that their administrative processes impose. Aside from these steps, another key intervention identified by the City, which is underway this financial year, is the release of various land parcels, these being at least 56 agricultural farms. Agricultural farms play a significant role in dealing with both the issue of land ownership as well as the question of agrarian reform and food sovereignty, while the establishment of township business sites will go a long way in ensuring that resources of the City are used meaningfully to develop the capacities of its people.
FRUITS OF AN INVESTORFRIENDLY CLIMATE The City of Ekurhuleni is resolved to remain investor-friendly and open to new large-scale investments, making it easy to conduct business within the municipal boundaries. The fruits of the City’s efforts are starting to become evident, with some significant and
It is an ongoing goal of the City to be at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where cyberphysical systems are set to radically transform every industry in the country through the use of new technologies vastly important investments having taken place. GZ Industries Group, a metal can manufacturing business with investments in Nigeria, Kenya and Mauritius, has entered the South African market via a subsidiary by establishing a manufacturing facility in Ekurhuleni, which, once fully operational, will be the second largest such facility in the entire country. It is an ongoing goal of the City to be at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where cyber-physical systems are set to radically transform every industry in the country through the use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, robotics and the industrial internet of things. As testament to Ekurhuleni’s importance in this arena going forward, the Teraco hyperscale data centre in Bredell – the largest commercial data management facility in Africa at 6 000 m2 – was completed at the end of 2017. And further to this, Teraco has
committed R1 billion to the expansion of its Isando data centre campus, which will have significant benefits for the telecommunications, banking and retail industries.
AEROTROPOLIS The Aerotropolis Masterplan recognises the immense potential of the City as home to O.R. Tambo International Airport, with the volumes of cargo and human beings passing through this airport providing a strategic opportunity for regional development and an economic value chain that is geared towards export markets. The airport itself contributes about R5.6 billion to the GDP of South Africa, and it creates about 5 480 jobs, assisting in slowing down the rate of unemployment. The Air Cargo Africa event held in Ekurhuleni in February 2019 attracted a record number of 80 international exhibiting companies, more than 500 global industry decisionmakers and brought in more than
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3 000 trade visitors from across more than 60 countries, including from 30 African nations. Air cargo is central to the development of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis as a direct contributor to job creation. In the medium to long term, plans for a midfield cargo terminal are afoot and are aligned with the Airport Masterplan as oriented around the Aerotropolis Masterplan. There are also new developments under implementation, including the construction of the Western Airport Precinct, which is a mixed-use development inclusive of office, retail, hotel and other profit-generating uses. Within this precinct, the City envisions a future partnership with Airports Company South Africa and private investors that could provide the capital required for the building of an international convention centre (ICC). The idea of an ICC in Kempton Park is part of the City’s broad vision of a tourism network that includes a ‘Liberation Heritage’ route within Ekurhuleni. This tourism network is an important feature of the City’s identity in respect of the fact that it has been home to various historical personalities and events that contributed significantly to the political shaping of modern South Africa. The OR Tambo Precinct in Wattville and the Chris Hani Museum are existing focal points of this route and the City has plans to incorporate the site of the
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CODESA negotiations, which were held at the World Trade Centre in Kempton Park.
REVITALISING RAIL The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), in joint venture with Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, has embarked on a refurbishment and replacement campaign in order to transform and modernise its current rolling stock. Gibela was awarded the contract by Prasa to build and deliver 600 trains to South Africa’s Metro Rail network between 2015 and 2025. Prasa-Gibela has established a 106 ha rail manufacturing plant for the manufacturing of the new rolling stock – approximately 3 500 train carriages. The Train Manufacturing Plant in Nigel was officially launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October 2018 and will improve the current state of trains in South Africa. The project will allow Prasa to provide an excellent service that is safe and secure, while creating job opportunities for the residents of Ekurhuleni. Prasa is set to replace all or part of the current fleet over the next 10 to 15 years.
EDUCATION AND BUSINESS SUPPORT A core policy issue the City has worked on pertains to interventions in education and business support initiatives, with a strategy focused on boosting skills development within the city and giving
The City of Ekurhuleni has an estimated investment pipeline of some R300 billion.
financial and other support measures to small businesses – a key player in the fight against unemployment. The City allocated up to R1.5 billion in actual expenditure on economic initiatives and an additional R570 million for the implementation of the Aerotropolis Masterplan – R2.3 billion of which went to work done by women, historically disadvantaged individuals and youthowned enterprises. The overall yield from these investments assisted 10 000 previously unemployed youth through empowerment and the creation of 14 043 work opportunities. As at Q2 2019, the City had 379 SMMEs incubated in various fields. It has added 102 learner contractors and 102 learner supervisors to the Extended Public Works Programme’s Vukuphile initiative, to the tune of R500 million per annum over three years.
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Going to the next level
The Leeuwpoort Integrated Housing Development is a catalytic project within the City of Ekurhuleni, with the purpose of providing in excess of 25 000 housing opportunities.
s a promoter of sustainable human settlements, the City of Ekurhuleni adopted the Leeuwpoort Development Project in 2003, aimed at addressing a broad spectrum of housing needs and housing tenure types. Three integrated residential development areas are being embarked on, with the City and Leeuwpoort Development Company working together to realise the success of this vast project. The housing development is situated in Boksburg on underutilised farm portions of the City-owned farm Leeuwpoort 113 IR, which is situated directly to the south of the Boksburg 30
CBD, straddling the N17 national route. This development consists of two distinct land parcels: the northern parcel, which measures approximately 135 hectares in extent, and the southern parcel, which is much larger, measuring approximately 757 hectares. The northern parcel comprises Parkdene Ext 7 and Reiger Park Ext 19, while the southern parcel is near Sunward Park, with proposed townships being Sunward Park Extensions 24 to 29.
HOUSING BREAKDOWN The units constructed in Leeuwpoort North are to consists of 2 091 RDP units, 2 886 FLISP units and 275 bonded units.
The project is expected to yield over 25 000 housing opportunities that address the broad spectrum of housing demand in the development area. The housing opportunities being planned for are as follows: • freestanding BNG units (RDP housing) • BNG walk-up units (high-density sectional title RDP units) • freehold bonded units delivered under Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme units (entry-level bonded housing products under the FLISP programme) • freehold affordable bonded products • social housing units (high density in
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nature and funded under the Social Housing Regulatory Authority programme) â€˘ higher-density sectionalised bonded apartments â€˘ a considerable number of openmarket rental apartments, subject to demand. As an integrated housing development, and as seen above, the project will cater for a full range of home buyers and renters. Beneficiaries qualifying for government-supported housing subsidy programmes will be selected based on their family status and household incomes. Households earning between R0 and R3 500 per month would apply for fully subsidised housing products, while first-time home buyers earning between R3 500 and R21 000 per month would qualify for FLISP products. Then, there are beneficiaries that would qualify for rental housing in the social housing market, whose earnings criteria are determined by the Social Housing Regulating Authority. Furthermore, various housing products would be released in the traditional entry-level to mid-range bonded market, as freehold bonded products, and as sectional title bonded products.
DEVELOPMENT INFRASTRUCTURE The large-scale integrated housing development will provide the necessary bulk, link and internal services for electrical works, roads and stormwater, and water and sanitation engineering services for the planned housing delivery. In fact, the first upfront works, with its long lead items, was the upgrading of the bulk electrical supply in the northern parts (Reiger Park Ext 19 and Parkdene Ext 7) of the
development, which commenced in March 2017. The construction of internal civil engineering services and the upgrading of the associated bulk infrastructure then started in May 2018. This has been undertaken in phases and pockets, and is expected to be completed soon, in November 2019. Over and above the infrastructure that is needed for the development, the City has sought for the surrounding infrastructure to be upgraded as part of the longer-term infrastructure requirements of the immediate area. Of course, the benefits of this massive development extend beyond providing housing opportunities, and there are great opportunities for local businesses and commercial enterprises.
COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES During the development stages of the Leeuwpoort project, companies and SMMEs within various spheres have benefited and will continue to do so,
Over and above the infrastructure that is needed for the development, the City has sought for the surrounding infrastructure to be upgraded as part of the longer-term infrastructure requirements of the immediate area
including those in construction and engineering, the property industry, electrical contractors, and more. The different townships and phases have differing amounts of commercial land set aside for retail purposes, with the size and location of proposed commercial properties being determined by the planned IRPTN routes in the area, the surrounding and supportive land uses, and existing commercial nodes in the various areas. These quantities available commercial land range from 20% to 50% across the various precincts. Taking a phased approach is key to getting a development of this scale functional as quickly as possible. Due to the nature of construction sites and town planning processes, land can only be released when a township is fully serviced and able to be registered in the deeds office. As a result, releasing deliverable and packaged precincts in a phased manner ensures that suitable sites are developed and commercialised while construction continues in other precincts. The design considerations of the various townships, phases and precincts provide for a range of social and recreational uses, and the various sites planned would accommodate various such opportunities and centres.
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Leeuwpoort Integrated Housing Development
R165 million The amount the City of Ekurhuleni is budgeted to spend on the development for FY 2019/20
The amount of money to be invested by the City of Ekurhuleni into the project over its lifespan
The economic impact of the Leeuwpoort development
The number of homes expected to be delivered to the community by 2021
The projected date of when all phases will have been completed
These include schools, crèches, libraries, clinics, a hospital, churches, small-scale tertiary education facilities, satellite or subregional-level municipal offices, recreational and sports facilities, transport nodes, retail hubs and other supportive land uses. The provision of such facilities and amenities will undoubtedly attract investors and stakeholders in the retail, property, commercial, housing and medical fields. Sufficient land has also been set aside to provide the required social amenities in the area.
ENSURING SUSTAINABILITY Part of guaranteeing the functional and aesthetic sustainability of an area, as well as ensuring that a township’s services are properly maintained post development, is to ensure that any development
generates a rates and tax base for the local authority, which will ultimately be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of services and facilities in the area. The design would need to ensure that economic activities and amenities are supported and that there is a sufficient market and purchasing power in an area. This is one of the strengths of integrated, mixed-use developments, as they combine groups of households across financial strata – a broad range of income earners require different product ranges and tenure types. Developments like Leeuwpoort also place households in proximity to either transport corridors or employment opportunities, further reinforcing their economic robustness and sustainability.
LEADERS IN ENGINEERING, PROJECT & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Civil Engineering
Traffic & Transportation Engineering
Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
Township Services & Socio-economic Development
Dennis Mathibe Managing Director
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Kwaku Koranteng Executive Director
Thabo M.J. Msimanga Executive Director
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Fostering formal homes The provision of adequate housing is key to ensuring the dignity and well-being of residents, which is why the City of Ekurhuleni is committed to formalising informal settlements and driving residential housing developments.
he City of Ekurhuleni, through its Human Settlements Department, has a mandate to facilitate and develop sustainable and integrated human settlements. To execute its mandate, the City undertakes projects such as delivering service stands, megaprojects and house construction (with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, title deeds distribution, rental stock refurbishment, urban renewal, and the coordination of the provision of interim basic services in informal settlements, which includes re-blocking where applicable. Over the course of the last financial year, the City made some significant strides towards the provision of services related to these programmes, which include: • Service stands: In order to increase access to security of tenure and housing opportunities in Ekurhuleni, a total of 3 961 service stands have
been completed as follows: 1 085 in Alliance Ext 1; 1 467 in Palm Ridge Ext 24, 25, 26 and 27; and 1 147 in Chief Albert Luthuli Ext 6. • House construction: 122 houses constructed in Mayfield Ext 32 and 34 are nearing completion. In Eden Park West Ext 1, 12 houses nearing completion are also under construction. These projects are
DID YOU KNOW? Ekurhuleni contains 119 informal settlements, which the City is in the process of formalising so that it can provide services and dignity to its residents.
implemented by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements. • Megaprojects: The Leeuwpoort, John Dube, Brakpan X 13, Birchleigh North X 4 and Tembisa X 27 bulk and link services were under construction at the end of the period under review. • Title deeds: The City is implementing an awareness campaign called ‘Title Deeds Friday’, which is yielding positive results. Through this campaign, the City has distributed a total of 3 961 title deeds to ensure security of tenure to beneficiaries. • Rental stock refurbishments: Eight rental complexes were refurbished in 2018/19. Refurbishment consisted of various projects, which include the replacement of roofs, doors, windows, taps, electrical fittings and the painting of walls. The following complexes were refurbished: Wychwood Flats, Corrie Oberholdzer Flats, Ixia Courts, Arjmery Flats, Down
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NOW THAT’S PROGRESS In 2018/19, 77% of households in the City of Ekurhuleni were located within formal settlements, compared to just 69.2% in 2015/16.
Town Flats, Rome Place, Reiger Park Flats, and Kwa-Mazibuko Hostel. • Urban renewal: With regard to urban renewal projects, the following was achieved: - Germiston Urban Renewal – The Germiston Public Space Upgrade project was implemented and completed in relation to the provision of pedestrian walkways, including street furniture in President Street, Victoria Street, Jack Street, High Road, Cambrai Green Route, Linton Jones and George Street. - Tembisa Phase 3 NMT – Walkways including roads and stormwater rehabilitation were constructed along Maphanga Street. - Wattville Public Space upgrade linked with NMT – The installation of pedestrian walkways, plus street lights and street furniture was completed. - Tsakane & Duduza NMT – The Xhosa Street stormwater rehabilitation was completed.
RE-BLOCKING AND INTERIM BASIC SERVICES In pursuit of the implementation of its Pro-Poor Agenda, the City has undertaken the coordination of the provision of Interim Basic Service in the City’s 119 informal settlements, including reblocking where applicable. The various services delivery departments in the City have rendered services such as waste management, roads and stormwater, disaster management services, health, water and sanitation. The City has embarked on the Informal Services Re34
Blocking Programme, implemented over the course of the 2018/19 financial year, continuing this financial year and into the future. This programme focuses on reconfiguring the current layout of informal settlements and reorganising the ground plane in such a manner that it allows for the optimal utilisation of space to promote the health, safety and well-being of households, with a particular focus on promoting accelerated service delivery to informal settlements. In the Duduza North and Tswelopele informal settlements, the re-blocking/ realignment of 300 shacks was done. In Vusumuzi informal settlement, a total of 200 shacks were realigned. In Emandleni informal settlement, 516 shacks were realigned, while in the Loliwe and Ulundi informal settlements, 62 shacks were realigned. In Chris Hani informal settlements, a total of 62 shacks were completed realigned.
CHALLENGES The many strides that the City has achieved has not been without challenges, which include the identification of well-located land as well as budgetary constraints. Regarding the former, there is enough land available; however, the issue is finding suitable and welllocated land for human settlements development that will support public transportation. It has proven difficult to densify residential development within the Integration Zones, since this land has severe constraints such as the presence of high-risk dolomite, shallow undermining, other soil conditions, a lack of bulk engineering services, and constraints from the spatial development frameworks and town planning schemes. The Housing Code does not provide for multistorey BNG (Breaking New Ground) units and the associated management and maintenance costs. The national directive gives
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preference to in-situ upgrading even if development will not support spatial transformation, and communities still prefer a BNG house on a single stand. Land invasions and objections from communities who do not want subsidised housing projects in their neighborhoods also contribute to the delay of developments and delivery. As concerns budget constraints, there is currently a challenge to match demand with supply because of increasingly high construction costs and the constrained fiscus. For example, the budget required to deliver 100 BNG units in a multistorey building is higher than the budget required for a 100 individual BNG houses on a stand. The Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme favours BNG units on single residential stands, which cost less to construct versus four- to eight-storey buildings. The latter might be more expensive to construct but the long-term costs for the city, in terms of sustainability and affordability of services, are worth the high upfront cost. The current (effective from 1 April 2019) housing subsidy quantum has to be supplemented by the City since the amount does not include a full bathroom/toilet or electricity network, and roads are mostly graded roads. The subsidy is not sufficient for tarred roads or proper stormwater management, and no service and connections are included. The recent audit conducted in the informal settlements confirmed that the majority of the persons in the informal
The Informal Services Re-Blocking Programme focuses on reconfiguring the current layout of informal settlements and reorganising the ground plane to allow for the optimal utilisation of space to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of households. A particular focus is placed on promoting accelerated service delivery to informal settlements
settlements earn above the qualifying household income of R3 500 per month. Persons also do not qualify for subsidies since most are single without dependents. These social-economic realities prompt the department to align its strategies to address these realities in the beneficiary communities, which includes a more focused approach on rental units for single persons without dependents and implementing the Finance Linked Subsidies (FLISP) to address the Gap market for those who earn above R3 500 per month.
PRIORITY PROJECTS REALISED During the 2018/19 financial year, the City prioritised various housing projects,
with the following four projects being some of the largest implemented: • Leeuwpoort Development – The megaproject had an adjusted budget of R152 285 379 for 2018/19, 100% of which has been spent on bulk infrastructure. It is targeted to have a yield of 19 453 units in the 2016-21 five-year IDP period. The project will contribute to service stands, BNG units, 291 BNG walk-up units, and social housing. The project is projected to spend R380 million in the next three years. • Tembisa Ext 25 – This megaproject had an adjusted budget of R118 144 211 for the 2018/19 financial year. The project aims to provide bulk to support a total of 3 510 units in the 2016-21 five-year period. The project will spend 100% of its budget on bulk infrastructure and will not spend the HSDG allocation for construction. Roll-over application will be submitted to Provincial Treasury; if approved, the project will achieve its target. • John Dube Megaproject – The project was allocated R106 830 979 in the 2018/19 financial year. The John Dube Megaproject will contribute 3 147 service stands in the City of Ekurhuleni. • Alliance Ext 1 Service Stands Project – The project is to contribute 2 920 service stands in the 2016-21 fiveyear IDP period. The project budget was reallocated to contribute to the 2018/19 SDBIP target, to make up for other projects in the programme not meeting their targets.
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A leader in water management systems Davis & Deale Irrigation is a manufacturer, designer, exporter and distributor of quality water management systems, and has been a leader in the industry for almost 40 years. Additionally, the company has gone above and beyond to set up an education trust for its employees to support learning and skills development.
avis & Deale, a certified Level 2 BBBEE Contributor, specialises in the development of specialised components, fittings, packaging, boxes, valves and more for waterrelated industries. Davis & Deale set the international benchmark by replacing brass-bodied water meters, meter boxes, valves and fittings with engineering polymers that are now commonly used in potable water systems locally and internationally. Its high standards and rigorous testing (all fittings being tested at 24 bar for three full minutes) laid bare the inadequacies of subpar Asian imports and inferior local products. Failures of a local prepaid product, through quality and development issues, cost a major metro’s taxpayers well in excess of R150 million. Spearheading the company is founding partner and avid entrepreneur Bevan Davis, who has held, and continues to hold, numerous patents in water-related and other polymer products. Always at the fore of the industry, the company was one of the pioneers in the design, development and production of precise micro-irrigation sprayers and other water sector developments, such as pool cleaners and water meters, which have been successfully sold internationally. Davis & Deale strives to work as closely as possible with its local and international clients, as well as water authorities, ensuring that client requirements are understood and guaranteeing the delivery of cost-effective, qualityengineered and fit-for-purpose solutions.
SUPPLYING SA Davis & Deale products are in use in most major and smaller municipalities in South Africa, and the company has established a positive working relationship with a number of clients, including the City of Ekurhuleni. The Above Ground Box used by Ekurhuleni and other cities for 16 years was patented and developed in-house at Davis & Deale. Concept design, rapid prototyping, tooling, production assembly and testing are all done under one roof. This means that quality and functionality remain with one company, which remains responsible for the total packaged product – offering an advantage to customers. Furthermore, the company is fully established in a new R23 million factory in Ekurhuleni, to cope with business growth and new product development. The company remains committed to operating in a fully transparent, professional manner and following the good governance principles demanded for government tenders. Among the many feathers in the company’s cap, the dynamic Davis & Deale team has won international design and product awards for innovative polymer products and world firsts in new polymer technology applications. Polymers require an energy input of up to 80% lower than brass and offer significant longevity, making them ideal for such systems. They are not appealing targets for thieves and do not
corrode. The company’s products are designed, tooled and produced in-house in conjunction with its material suppliers, following extensive research, to ensure that the most effective engineering polymers are used for each application.
DRIVING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Davis & Deale also set up an education trust with responsible trustees to support learning and skills development. This trust is exclusively used to assist Davis & Deale employees or their immediate families to further enhance their skills. Years ago, the company took a major social responsibility policy decision to employ unskilled, previously disadvantaged women from an informal settlement and train them in the assembly and testing of its products. These ladies seized this opportunity and, today, some of the original women work in responsible roles and are able to offer their families a brighter future in a very tough political and economic environment. Davis & Deale is not only a pioneer and captain of industry in the manufacture of high-tech polymer water management products, but has been a respected and pivotal company in solving water challenges, having been a key player in the local and export water industry for more than 39 years.
The provision of sustainable access to electricity to all households and businesses within its borders is one of the City of Ekurhuleni’s key priorities.
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s the City’s electrical infrastructure coverage in the formal sector is rather extensive, the backlog in electricity provision is mainly concentrated in informal settlements. Therefore, the City of Ekurhuleni has made a commitment to a bold informal settlement electrification programme as one of the key focus areas of the current term of office. In pursuing the provision of sustainable, reliable and impactful electricity services, the City has identified the following as service delivery priorities: 38
1. Strengthening the existing network The City is faced with some challenges related to ageing infrastructure, vandalism of existing infrastructure and overloading of the current network, mostly due to illegal connections. The City seeks to continue to upgrade, refurbish or replace the ageing network, depending on its condition over three financial years. Work started in 2017/18 to end in 2020/21, subject to the availability of sufficient funds to support the programme. This process
will continue in subsequent years, contributing to the provision of a stable electricity distribution network that will instill confidence in the City. A confident investor is a potential employer and customer for the municipality. The success of a project of this magnitude is wholly dependent on the availability of funds through the City’s annual budget process. In addition, a minimum of two substations are refurbished, upgraded or built annually to support
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the network. The City currently has in excess of 1 000 substations within its network. There is constant vandalism of the network through the theft of underground and overhead electricity cables and illegal connections to the electricity network. The City is currently considering installing early-warning systems on parts of its network where theft and vandalism occur frequently. Illegal connections cause the network to become unstable due to overloading. The City is looking at smart ways to curb/minimise this activity. Illegal connections are on the increase, with residents having very little regard for the inherent dangers of illegal connections and law enforcement. There are areas where members of community prevent staff from carrying out the disconnection/removal of illegal
The City has taken decisive action to demonstrate its commitment to clean, renewable energy in the last term through various projects, including a solar farm at the OR Tambo Precinct in Wattville
connections. Staff are allowed to work only if electricity is being installed or restored. This is placing a considerable strain on the City’s ability to meet its other service delivery obligations. In order to minimise the negative effects of the illegal connections, the City identifies ‘hot spot’ areas through its internal processes and conducts restitution of the network by replacing vandalised meter boxes with metal-type protective structures, which serve as a deterrent. This is an ongoing process. 2. Electrification of informal settlements The City has determined that the backlog in the provision of electricity to households is confined to the informal settlements. There are currently 119 informal settlements within the area of jurisdiction of the City, comprising approximately 164 000 households. This number is a moving target, given the ongoing in-migration of people into Ekurhuleni. The City has prioritised the electrification of informal settlements and the target is to complete the electrification in five years, beginning in the 2016/17 financial year and ending in FY 2021/22. The Energy Department had electrified in excess of 16 000 households as at the end of June 2019, since the start of the project in informal settlements. Prepayment meters are installed to meter the usage of electricity. The intervention involves the planning and implementation of the maintenance of the network in regions containing informal settlements. The network is vulnerable in these areas and needs constant monitoring. Collaborative
projects between the City’s Human Settlements and Energy departments are also undertaken to electrify the reblocked informal settlements. There is also a safety aspect to this. The fires that occur in informal settlements always result in the loss of lives and valuable assets. People are left homeless and others lose their personal belongings. Therefore, to remedy this, the City is providing grid electricity to the informal settlements to minimise the use of open fires to cook food and keep warm. Across Ekurhuleni, improved access to lighting is another one of the many needs identified by the community. As a result, the City has installed a further 113 high-mast lights, which include 11 solar high-mast lights. A further 651 street lights were installed in the current financial year.
GOING CLEAN The City has taken decisive action to demonstrate its commitment to clean, renewable energy in the last term through various projects, including the establishment of a solar farm at the OR Tambo Precinct in Wattville. It also installed generators to produce 1 MW of energy from methane gas at the Simmer and Jack Landfill site in Germiston. Solar panels were installed on the rooftops of the Boksburg and Kempton Park Civic Centres, while a total of 38 496 photovoltaic (PV) lighting units were installed in informal settlements. The City plans to collaborate with the private sector in the production of 300 MW of renewable energy. In line with Integrated Resource Plan 2019, the City appointed 47 private energy producers offering various renewable technologies, who will sell energy to the City at Eskom Megaflex rates, minus a percentage discount for the delivery of the approved renewable energy capacity. To stay competitive, reduce costs and allow the City to fulfil its broader developmental mandates, the City has taken steps towards integrating climate change adaptation strategies into its
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development planning tools, IDPs, and service delivery programmes
ACHIEVEMENTS Some of the results achieved by the City include the electrification of a total of 6 110 households, the installation of 20 826 PV solar light units in the informal settlements, the installation of 1 293 street lights and a total installed capacity of 2.55 MW of alternative or renewable power. The City also installed 20 826 portable solar lighting units in 21 informal settlements in the current financial year. These units provide access to energy while the affected households wait for the electrification project to be completed. These units can power four globes and a cell phone charger. The City made significant strides in keeping downtime network availability at 0.58%. Reducing unaccounted-for electricity proved difficult, given the illegal connections and other infrastructure challenges. Despite these challenges, the City kept unaccounted-for electricity at 12.38%. Other notable achievements included the completion of the upgrading of the power supply network in the area of Germiston, as well as stabilising the electricity infrastructure in various parts of Ekurhuleni, including Langaville, Geluksdal, Rynfield, Cloverdene and Crystal Park. The electrification of informal settlements in Winnie Mandela and others has begun, highlighting the pro-poor focus of the current term of office. Furthermore, the City replaced approximately 40 km of medium-voltage underground cables in the Boksburg, Germiston and Kempton Park areas. The City continues to analyse the performance of the 40
electrical distribution network to identify potential weak spots and frequently failing distribution equipment. With regard to the current service standards, about 10% of the population does not have access to electricity and 66% of the population has an in-house prepaid meter for electricity. Some 21% of the population is serviced through an in-house conventional meter and the remaining 2% use others sources.
PROTECTING ENERGY STABILITY The income from the sale of electricity constitutes approximately 48% of the entire City’s budget per annum. Therefore, this component needs constant monitoring. One of the management tools used to monitor this revenue is the monthly reconciliation of the purchase of electricity to the sale of electricity. During this process, management identifies reasons and causes for any difference. A follow-up is conducted to minimise these causes. Some of the factors that contribute to a loss in electricity are illegal connections, tampering, the bypassing of meters, and malfunctioning meters. The City’s Energy Department and the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department have successfully combined forces to combat the theft of electricity in an
DID YOU KNOW? The City of Ekurhuleni installed 12 810 PV solar lighting units in informal settlements in FY 2017/18, exceeding its target of 10 000.
effective manner. The City is currently implementing two active projects: • Reducing conventional meters with interim/estimated readings: The City needs to drastically reduce interim/ estimated readings on meters, to avoid under-/overcharging customers. The City resolves interim readings sustainably using prepayment metering or automatic meter reading. With this project, the City will have fewer than 100 000 of the outdated conventional meters left operating in the electricity grid. • Auditing of low consumption meters: Energy draws a regular report from the Venus billing system, the BS408, which provides a list of low-consumption conventional meters. These meters are then audited and it is often found that the meter is either tampered with or faulty. There are a very limited number of meters where the property is empty, or where there is a similar reason for low or no consumption. Quality of service is also one of the City’s priorities, as it enhances prospective and existing customers’ confidence in the City’s ability to provide a reliable and continuous supply of electricity. The City follows a planned refurbishment programme, which is reviewed annually to include new problem areas. Ageing cables, switchgear and equipment theft are the main contributors when it comes to power failures. The identified weak spots and frequently failing electrical equipment have been prioritised for replacement through the City’s multiyear refurbishment plan, and maintenance has been ongoing.
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Referencing Thuma Mina and Ekurhuleni’s 10-point Economic Plan There is much about Dunnottar-based train manufacturer Gibela that supports both President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Thuma Mina call and the City of Ekurhuleni’s 10-point Economic Plan.
partnership between Alstom, uBumbano Rail and New Africa Rail, Gibela is fully black empowered. Established in 2014, it has a R51 billion contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to build 600 new commuter trains for Metrorail over 10 years, and another to maintain the new fleet of trains and supply technical services and spares over 19 years. Gibela’s R1 billion manufacturing plant and corporate office, just off the R51 between Springs and Nigel, is a first for the whole of the African continent. Covering a 78 ha site, it was designed to the highest environmental standards and built within two years by a 100% blackand black-woman-owned joint venture. The production line comprises R350 million worth of specialised equipment – including seven-axis welding robots, the first of their kind to be used in the rail manufacturing industry globally. At full production, two railway cars will be manufactured daily, 1.5 trains a week and 62 trains a year – that will be the fastest production rate in the world.
MEANINGFUL IMPACTS ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY Required to ensure that 65% of the value of each train is spent locally, Gibela already has more than 70 local suppliers in its supply chain and a robust supplier development programme to ensure that this number grows exponentially. With a current workforce of more than 900 – 33% of whom live in Ekurhuleni, and 47% being black women – the company will provide full-time jobs for 1 500 people at peak production. Some R126 million has been spent on creating a skilled workforce that comprises artisans, engineers, technicians, technologists and professionals. Of the 64 current apprenticeship and learnership positions, 83% are filled by black women. Some 750 learners at schools in various Ekurhuleni townships have already benefited from extra maths and science
classes funded by Gibela; 650 bursaries have been awarded to students for various fields of study at South African tertiary institutions; and 300 young people have been exposed to the company’s bespoke Railway Introduction Course. Gibela’s product – the trains – are a source of enormous pride. Each accommodates up to 1 200 passengers in six cars, with unparalleled, neverbefore-experienced levels of safety and comfort. And they are fast – travelling up to 120 km/h. The first 18 trains were built at Alstom’s Lapa manufacturing plant in Brazil – in order to stabilise the design and kick-start both skills transfer to South Africans and the South African supply chain in readiness for the start of South African production. This took place in parallel with the construction of the new, world-class train manufacturing plant that is the pride of the City of Ekurhuleni. Out of this sprawling facility, seven trains have already been built and delivered to Prasa. Several of the new trains are in service and being enjoyed by South Africa’s rail-commuting public north of Pretoria, prior to a wider operational deployment.
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A smarter city The City of Ekurhuleni believes that a smart, connected city is the city of the future. Getting to this point requires significant ICT infrastructure modernisation, as evidenced by some of the City’s recent milestones.
he City of Ekurhuleni has a mandate to promote the Smart City concept for transformation, growth, development and ensure that all its citizens derive sustainable benefit from technology development. This will assist in changing how the City operates and provides services to its citizens via the introduction of enabling technology that allows for internal efficiencies: faster, better, smarter new capabilities, the automation of manual processes (thus reducing process execution time)
and hence the introduction of service delivery efficiencies.
PRIORITY INTERVENTIONS The priorities for the 2018/19 financial year were based on four interventions that are part of the flagship programme as per the City’s digital strategy – these being Digital City, modernisation, ICT stabilisation and infrastructure expansion. The implementation of Phase 1 of Enterprise Resource Planning
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The roll-out of the City of Ekurhuleni’s various digital infrastructure expansion initiatives – including broadband fibre coverage, Wi-Fi and Enterprise Resource Planning – is continuing as planned
(modernisation and mSCOA compliance), ICT stabilisation and infrastructure expansion, broadband expansion and enterprise architecture realignment were the largest key capital projects arising from the City’s ICT priorities. In this regard, critical milestones were achieved. In line with the Digital City strategy and the objective of universal access, creating a fibre network throughout Ekurhuleni to create a connected city, the City deployed 75 km of fibre-optic cabling infrastructure throughout Ekurhuleni. An amount of R66 650 000 was budgeted for the broadband fibre expansion, while R1 680 000 was spent on the opex for repairs and maintenance. In its efforts to connect all City of Ekurhuleni buildings and increase efficiency through the use of Wi-Fi, 223 Wi-Fi nodes were implemented throughout the city. In the 2018/19 financial year, the City commenced with the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), giving priority to the mSCOA requirements in terms of an integrated budgeting tool and process. The second phase saw the successful delivery of four ERP modules, namely: Key Account Management, Expenditure Management, Land Information Management System, and Budget Management. The City budgeted R330 000 000 for the implementation of the first phase of
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the ERP, while the remainder of the ERP modules will be deployed over the course of this financial year. The ERP Project is on track to meet the mSCOA requirement deadlines. The City’s storage and server platform were also upgraded as part of the ICT infrastructure capacity plan to ensure ICT continuity of services and disaster recovery. A budget of R12 000 000 was made available for the expansion of the server and storage environment in 2018/19 to ensure availability and connectivity for the City. The City’s Organisational Structure was realigned in 2015 as part of its Organisational Migration Process. With regard to ICT services, some functions were combined and others were discontinued. Subsequent to this, the City’s ICT Services Department reviewed its structure in the 2018/19 financial year to ensure organisational alignment with new Smart/Digital City framework. Previously unmatched employees have been and are currently being reskilled in various functions within ICT as part of the ICT Training and Skill Transfer Plans on the key broadband fibre, Wi-Fi and ERP projects.
FOSTERING DIGITAL CITIZENRY Improved technology infrastructure and citizenry engagement have also been realised through the revamped website and ERP Siyakhokha payment module, which is changing the way the City does business. The ultimate aim is to ensure that the City delivers services to the residents efficiently and effectively, using the latest available technology. Furthermore, the ‘My Ekurhuleni App’ was successfully launched in July 2018 in the Katlehong 1 Customer
The City launched its My Ekurhuleni App in July 2018 to bridge the digital divide, by bringing the City’s services closer to its citizens. It is one of the easiest ways to log service delivery incidents.
Care Centre. The project is one of the Executive Mayor’s flagship projects. It is an initiative driven by the City of Ekurhuleni to allow the residents to report incidents and have access to other services. Citizens can make use of the mobile app as one of the City’s official channels when reporting service delivery interruptions. Citizens are able to track the progress of an incident by checking its status on the app. The app allows citizens to view the feeds and posts related to the City of Ekurhuleni social media account and give feedback on how the app can be improved. The back-end is integrated with the eMIS application, which assists in sending incidents reported to the relevant services departments to attend to the incidents and report to the citizens. The app generates a unique reference number and sends a notification with this number to the user. In the quest to ensure maximum and continual functionality of the customerfacing application, the City achieved 99.94% on the availability of enabled customer external-facing applications and 99.33% for availability of enabled customer internal-facing applications. The services that customers access through City’s application allow for: • easy access to contact details to communicate with the councillors • access to government facilities information located around Ekurhuleni – including their details, closing times and the addresses of the facilities • reporting service delivery incidents • downloading of forms.
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Growing into the future Riverfields is among the most important regional growth points in Gauteng. Its proximity to O.R. Tambo International Airport and excellent location adjacent to the R21 make it the logical choice for logistics, residential and business opportunities
orking in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni, Riverfields has achieved important infrastructure milestones. The R21 underpass was completed in 2015, relieving the limitations of the R23 bridge over the R21, which opened the door for further infrastructure development like the R21 expressway, the extension of Monument Street to the R23, as well as a part of Riverfields Boulevard. The upgrading of the 88 kV line from Eskom’s Esselen intake point to the Bredell and Rietfontein substations, at a cost of R55 million, is currently under way, which will make 126 MVA available to the Bredell and Riverfields area. A major reservoir is also under construction in Riverfields, and will secure water supply to the whole region. In partnership, the City and Riverfields have already invested in excess of R600 million in infrastructure. Other major infrastructure investments that will further unlock the area are the Pomona outfall sewer and the extension of the R21 expressway over the Swartspruit, the construction of the K155 and overpass over the railway line, and the K105, which will connect Riverfields and the City’s Esselen Park residential development to the west of the railway line. Development milestones in Riverfields include upmarket residential developments like Glen Erasmia Boulevard and Gleneagle Estate. The Gleneagle Office Park is an ongoing development
and approximately 12 000 m² of office space has already been developed. The well-known Plumbago Logistics Park is also located in Riverfields, and is home to multinationals like DHL, DB Schenker, Takealot and John Deere.
NEW DEVELOPMENTS A new flagship development within Riverfields is the DSV regional head office and warehouse campus. Located along the R21 expressway, this incredible 38 hectare development brings with it significant investment into Ekurhuleni. The development of Harvest Place, a family-focused convenience centre, is about to start. This development will include a family restaurant with outside seating and a private garden area. Facilities also include ample free open and undercover parking, mom and tots parking, family toilets and changing/ breastfeeding rooms. Daily convenience needs will be met by the supermarket offering, liquor store, coffee bar, fast food outlets and restaurants, while a hair salon and beautician will cater for health and beauty needs. Completing the offering will be Food Lover’s Market, Checkers, family fashion and a host of conveniencerelated tenants. Precinct 1 is Riverfields’ newest mixeduse development. The 40 hectare development, located between Glen Erasmia Boulevard and Gleneagle Estate,
is expected to be completed over the next five years. Current plans include a convenience shopping centre, church, primary and high school, retirement estate with frail-care facilities, sectional title complex housing and a hospital campus. Swallow Hills Lifestyle Estate is the latest upmarket security estate to be developed within Riverfields and aims to provide unsurpassed quality of life. It will include over 180 full title stands and residents can look forward to 24-hour security access control, landscaped parks, outside gym equipment, children’s playgrounds, fibreto-the-home and a modern club house. In the next phase, Riverfields is planning to focus on the inclusion of social and affordable housing to enable all to live, work and play in this part of the city. The Riverfields Foundation will look to assist in the upliftment, education and training of current and future residents, investing in schools and training facilities. The Riverfields vision to create a sustainable urban node to facilitate a thriving economy and community is coming to fruition and is set to gain significant momentum within the next five years.
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Transforming Tembisa Re-urbanising, beautifying, simplifying and de-motorising parts of Tembisa has been greatly rewarding, and the new underpasses will lead to an enhanced pedestrian and cyclist experience in the area, says Denzel Maduray, principal: Programme Advisory at Aurecon.
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urecon was appointed by the City of Ekurhuleni in 2017 to design and construct rail line underpasses that are attractive, safe and user-friendly for pedestrians and cyclists, together with the associated safety infrastructure. The City’s goal was to reduce pedestrian and train conflicts, as well as improve the pedestrian experience in the vicinity of the crossing. Tembisa and all the role players in the project were given an opportunity to obtain clear, accurate and understandable information about the proposed project and its implementation. Public meetings were held so that all involved parties could give feedback on the underpasses.
A HUMAN-CENTRIC APPROACH Throughout the co-designing process, Aurecon gained a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the needs of the various stakeholders involved in the project. This humancentric design approach not only enabled the project team to design
infrastructure that speaks to the needs and functional requirements of the community, but also resulted in a communal space – named Ibazelo Park – being built for the community. Slow progress due to labour strikes and quality control issues were the biggest challenges of the project. To overcome these obstacles, the project team worked closely on-site to monitor progress and provide oversight on the work delivered. The Aurecon team also used a range of digital engineering tools – such as BIM 360, Civil 3D and CAD – for the design of the underpasses, which were named the Thami Mnyele Pedestrian and Cycle Crossing, and the Golden Gate Pedestrian and Cycle Crossing. The project was completed in February 2019. The professional team, contractor and client worked closely together to deliver on all the key performance indicators that were set for the project. “The Tembisa underpasses are a big success and will drastically improve
L-R: Mr Andile Skosana (Aurecon), MMC Xhakaza (City of Ekurhuleni), and Mr Fani Xaba (Aurecon), during an October 2019 site visit
The result in 2017
the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the area. We are proud to have been involved in a project that enhances the experience of the people of Tembisa,” Maduray concludes.
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Improving the health of communities The health and well-being of a city’s residents are vital to ensuring happiness, prosperity and economic development, which is why the City of Ekurhuleni is committed to improving healthcare services across the metro.
ased on the prevailing health and social needs as key strategic health drivers, the City of Ekurhuleni delivers a comprehensive package of primary healthcare services through the District Health Services platform of its Health and Social Development Department. These primary healthcare services are delivered as per the National Health Act (No. 61 of 2003), which provides a framework for a structured uniform health system within South Africa, taking into account the obligations promulgated by
the Constitution and other laws on the national, provincial and local governments with regard to health services.
PRIORITY SUCCESSES The key service delivery priorities during the 2018/19 financial year were to: reduce HIV infection in the general population to below 15%; reduce HIV transmission from mother-to-child to below 2%; and increase access to antiretroviral therapy initiations by increasing the number of eligible patients initiated on antiretroviral therapy
– thus increasing the life expectancy of citizens in Ekurhuleni. Over the course of FY 2018/19, 8% of clients tested positive through the City’s HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) programme in its health facilities and through its campaigns, compared to 9% in the 2017/18 financial year. The campaigns were also conducted in the informal settlements around Ekurhuleni. The achievement could be attributed to, among others, the robust implementation
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of HIV and AIDS interventions in terms of the awareness campaigns and HCT coverage. A 0.9% rate of HIV transmission from mother-to-child was achieved against the national target of <2%. This achievement could also be attributed to, among others, improved implementation of the Prevention on Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Programme interventions and proper policy implementation and monitoring. There were 49 143 patients – against a target of 33 000 – placed on antiretroviral treatment, which translates into more patients having a better prospect of living a healthy and long life. Key to the City’s healthcare initiatives and the general well-being of its citizens is its primary healthcare facilities and capabilities, with clinics playing a vital role.
PRIMARY HEALTHCARE FACILITIES The City of Ekurhuleni Health District has 94 primary healthcare facilities, 14 mobile clinics and one outreach health screening mobile clinic. A total of 25 of these primary healthcare facilities provide extended service hours, either on a 24hour or 12-hour basis or through Saturday extended service hours. During an assessment of all of the City of Ekurhuleni’s healthcare facilities – to determine their efficacy in line with the National Core Standards and Achieved Ideal Clinic Status – 18 of these facilities scored platinum, 55 were awarded gold and 20 received silver awards. This confirms
that the City is providing quality healthcare to its people.
HEALTHCARE SERVICES The City provides various services in collaboration with other stakeholders and partners such as the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, and international development partners. In contributing to the GDS 2055 programmes of social care supply chain management and extablishing a responsive and active citizenry, the overarching primary healthcare priorities for the planning cycle are based on the prevailing health and social needs. In this sphere, key drivers in the City are to: reduce child and maternal mortality; combat HIV and AIDS; decrease the burden of disease in tuberculosis; prevent non-communicable diseases, thus increasing life expectancy of the entire community; as well as improve primary healthcare system effectiveness. The services that are driven by the identified prevailing health and social needs as key drivers include: • child health services: expanded programme on immunisation, developmental growth monitoring and integrated management of childhood illnesses services • maternal health: antenatal and postnatal care, counselling on choice of termination of pregnancy • women’s health: reproductive health
and cervical cancer screening • men’s health: healthy lifestyle and prostate cancer screening • management of acute, curative and chronic diseases • nutrition programme • HIV and AIDS: HIV counselling, screening and testing, antiretroviral therapy, elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV • tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infection control • planning and construction of new health and social facilities. Through its capital infrastructure programme for the construction of health facilities, the City of Ekurhuleni has committed to increasing access to primary healthcare services to communities that had limited access to healthcare facilities within a radius of 5 km, as per the national norms. In its efforts to achieve its commitment on increasing access, the City has set its sights on building 12 new clinics by the end of the five-year term ending in 2020/21; this target will be reviewed given the availability of resources. In addition to its primary healthcare facilities, 21 chronic medication pickup points have been established within communities. This is viewed within the strategic context of bringing medication to the doorstep of those who need it the most and reducing queues at the clinics as part of the City’s commitment to effective healthcare provision.
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Managing a most precious resource In a water-scare country, challenges abound for municipalities across South Africa when it comes to the provision of water and sanitation. That said, the City of Ekurhuleni strives to provide its residents with clean drinking water and dignified sanitation.
he provision of water and sanitation has progressed on a positive trajectory within the City of Ekurhuleni, where residents receive 99% water service provision and 87.6% sanitation service coverage. Added to this, a long-term integrated funding strategy has enabled the provision of 9 kilolitres of free basic water to registered indigents. Currently, about 98% of the population receives water from a regional or local service provider
(the City), 60% of the population receive piped water inside a house, 30% receive piped water inside a yard, and the remaining 10% receive piped water from a community stand pipe and other means. The City has ongoing plans such as the Aqua
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Leap programme to provide water within acceptable standards, which is especially important considering the City is the largest water service provider in the metro. The remaining portion of water service is through water vendors, water flowing through streams/rivers,
It is one of the City of Ekurhuleniâ€™s Mayoral Priorities to promote the preservation of water usage and continue investing in water infrastructure to ensure security of supply, in line with national governmentâ€™s development agenda.
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In 2018/19, two additional reservoirs were constructed in an effort to further improve security to water supply infrastructure in the City
and by households’ own means (e.g. boreholes).
HIGHLIGHTS In 2015, the City earned an award at the Blue Drop Awards for having the best drinking water in the region, a positive point bolstered by a GCRO Quality of Life Survey, which ranked Ekurhuleni as the metro affording its citizens with the highest quality of life. Some of the highlights with regard to water and sanitation provision are that the City has added 2 314 new sewer and water connections that meet minimum standards of the performance. The percentage of complaints call-outs resolved within 48 hours for both water and sanitation has been above 97%, meeting the set standard which is 90%. The water connections metered as a percentage of total connections has been recorded at 92.7%. While a total of 7 684 previously unbilled properties were billed during 2018/19, thereby reducing the number of unmetered connections in the City. The City has also improved the water system infrastructure and access to water provision by extending, upgrading and replacing a total of
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Ekurhuleni is renowned for the number of man-made and natural water bodies and systems within its vast region. The pans, rivers, dams, wetlands and lakes within its bounds are landmarks of the geographic location and must be maintained as a functioning ecosystem, as much of the biodiversity is interconnected to these areas. It is therefore the goal of the City to ensure that all wetlands within the region are protected and become an essential part of Ekurhuleni and its people, thus ensuring the long-term preservation and protection of the biodiversity supported within these areas. Towards achieving this goal, the Reclamation, Rehabilitation, Landscaping and Enhancement Feasibility Master Plan of Ekurhuleni’s Water Bodies has been developed.
17 235 km in water and sewerage piping. In 2018/19, two additional reservoirs were constructed in an effort to further improve security to water supply infrastructure in the City. The percentage of non-revenue water was recorded at 33.3% and the total water losses remain at 29.9% for the entire system. The City has continued to maintain the Blue Drop standard status of above 95%.
CHALLENGES The previously mentioned 10-year Aqua Leap programme by the City of Ekurhuleni is informed by the GDS 2055 imperatives to address the water and sanitation backlog. This, at a broad level, is an initiative aimed at gearing the City towards addressing socioeconomic disparities and infrastructure backlogs, as well as positioning the City to support various socio-economic programmes it is implementing or planning to implement. Over the past 10 years, the annual water demand growth rate has been 1.88%. Interventions are required to provide alternative water sources and
the related conveyance infrastructure. It is against this background that the Ekurhuleni Department of Water and Sanitation conceived this massive infrastructure upgrade programme, which seeks to eliminate all infrastructure upgrades and replacement backlogs over 5 to 10 years. Operationally, and a reality across South Africa’s metros, the water and sewer network does not offer the resilience or flexibility to ensure continuous supply of services following failure of one component. The networks still reflect the old spatial configuration of the previous nine municipalities that were combined to form the City of Ekurhuleni and are not integrated or operationally flexible. There is an urgent need to integrate the reservoir zones where practically possible and build some level of redundancy in the network that can sustainably be maintained and ensure improved quality of service to all residents of Ekurhuleni. The security of water supply concerns, compounded by the effects of climate change, are a reality facing the municipality.
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taging myriad local and international concerts as well as sporting events throughout the year, Carnival City has been the entertainment hub of Ekurhuleni since 1999. The Big Top Arena has also hosted illustrious international and local artists and shows, including Ed Kowalczyk, AUSSIE – The Australian Circus Spectacular, Brian McKnight and Kenny Rogers. It has also provided the stage for the MTN Joyous Celebration concerts as well as the live recordings of the celebrated Spirits of Praise series of DVDs and CDs, featuring South Africa’s best-known gospel performers. The Big Top Arena is also the home of EFC in Gauteng. The sprawling Festival Lawns have also hosted an array of grand-scale, outdoor music festivals such as Rock on the Lawns, featuring the Pixies, and 80s Rewind, with the likes of Nick Kershaw and Billy Ocean. The new, expansive, multipurpose Sun Park venue has seen some exciting lifestyle events and festivals come to life, including The Carnival City Battle of the DJs, and InniDorp music festival, among others. Carnival City is always a hive of activity, with entertainment for all ages. There is also a fantastic choice of quality eateries and bars. Laugh with some of South Africa’s top comedians, test your knowledge at quiz
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A FEAST FOR EVERY PALATE Connect over coffee at Fego Café, tantalise the taste buds with authentic Asian fare at Beijing City, eat inspiring Indian cuisine at Vikrams, tuck into seriously good smash burgers and ribs at RocoMamas or savour Mediterranean food at its best at Calistos. It’s your choice! Carnival City is also home to a sit-in Milky Lane and its Fast Food Court. For families, there is Thunder Eagle Spur and Panarotti’s, which share a 192 m2 space featuring play modulars and plenty of kids’ entertainment – an ideal venue for family get-togethers and parties. Outside, there is Carnival City’s Pocket Park – an exciting, grassed children’s play area with modern climbing frames. The brightly coloured, circling structures feature obstacles for children to climb and slides to zoom down while parents take a breather on one of the benches. There is no cost to climb and play in Pocket Park. There is also a range of action-packed entertainment to enjoy, including laser games at the Laser Zone, go-karting on a simulated grand prix circuit, arcade
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he City of Ekurhuleni’s approach to partnering with various stakeholders sees a robust focus placed on the promotion of the arts and culture, as well as the expansion of various programmes and initiatives geared towards developing skills and education opportunities. The Arts, Culture, Heritage and Museums programme promotes, conserves and identifies the rich cultural heritage of Ekurhuleni, as well as manages the historical assets and resources of the City. The arts and culture programme further promotes and advances arts and culture through the development of visual arts, crafts and performing arts, undertaken in collaboration with communities.
PROGRAMME SUCCESSES A number of programmes were implemented during 2018/19 financial year targeting the youth, including, among others: the implementation of oral history workshops, photography classes, a creative industry expo, naming and renaming awareness workshops, as well as International Museum Day. At least 60 cameras were donated to students from previously disadvantaged communities who participated in the group exhibition of Chris Hani during April 2019. Youth benefited from arts, culture and heritage training offered by the directorate as part of the SDBIP. The Grant-in-Aid programme is an intervention the City has adopted to
strengthen community participation and partnership in rendering some of its planned deliverables. An amount of R16.4 million has been distributed to various NGOs and CBOs to serve poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities. Some of the key achievements for FY 2018/19 include: • There were 18 school programmes implemented as part of the City’s strategy to promote safer, healthy and socially empowered communities. These were achieved through the implementation of literacy and library orientation, soccer and netball, photography and art-ashealing classes. • A total of 437 early childhood development centres participated in City programmes and 4 513 children took part in the Kiddies Games Programme. • In the City’s efforts to increase the capacitation of youths and adults across the development continuum, 1 017 beneficiaries participated in capacity building interventions, such as photography classes, soccer and coaching skills development, chess development, the Harambee Microsoft online programme, design cutting and seamstressing, as well as entrepreneurship for creative industries. • A total number of 29 mass participation programmes were rolled out over the financial year. These included an arts market at the OR Tambo Cultural Precinct, which was aimed at promoting the use of facilities while creating a
platform for local artists to highlight their crafts. • Mass participation programmes such as the OR Tambo Arts and Crafts, Clap and Tap Choral Music Workshop, Art Centre Heritage Month programme, Jazz Jamboree, Slam Poetry and OR Tambo Debates were presented. • Numerous commemorative programmes were implemented. • Literacy Month programmes, which comprised a spelling bee competition aimed at learners to motivate and encourage them to improve their vocabulary and widen their knowledge, as well as a march to promote learning. • A collaboration between the City and the Gauteng Economic Development Department for a three-day film festival held in Tsakane. The programme focused on capacitating woman film-makers with skills such as scriptwriting, filming techniques, editing and presenting. A total number of 244 participated in the programme. • The IP and Music Rights Awareness Roadshow provided artists with knowledge about their industry as well as the applicable legislation governing their space. • The City held various stakeholder workshops to orientate various communities regarding the naming and renaming process to enable communities to contribute to the submission of names into the Ekurhuleni names bank.
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No opportunity wasted Responsible waste management is a key aspect of modern municipal administration. The City of Ekurhuleni is hard at work ensuring that current and future generations live cleaner, less wasteful lives.
he City of Ekurhuleni has a responsibility to foster sustainable development that promotes a clean and green environment, in line with section 24 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right of all South Africans to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being. The City, through its Waste and Environmental Resources Management Services Department, seeks to promote the health and safety of its residents within their living spaces. In light of the importance of a green and clean environment, as well as the overall goal of improved quality of life and the welfare of residents, the City has developed comprehensive waste management services to eliminate environmental degradation. There are a number of programmes that have been implemented pursuant to improved refuse collection, recycling and disposal. During the 2018/19 financial year, the City adopted a decentralised model for the delivery of
refuse collection services at 10 depots responsible for the catchment areas, through 20 Customer Care Areas.
programme. The latter was initiated as part of the Cityâ€™s contribution towards the revitalisation of the township economy.
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The City continues to support the five-year comprehensive waste management programme through private-public partnerships that involve the community-based contractors in the rendering of services and help to ensure that the services are kept on track. Some 60% of the total service points are outsourced to community-based contractors and are found in the former township areas, where there is a significant growth in housing development due to the Cityâ€™s Human Settlements programme. In this regard, the City continues to observe the improved efficiency at which services are rendered in these areas and the impact this has on job creation, with over 852 jobs created through this
According to the South Africa State of Waste Report of 2018, less than 5% of people in South Africa separate their waste at household level. This is despite the fact that recycling, reuse and composting can create a value chain that can provide additional job opportunities, which are much needed. The City has initiated a number of interventions to support a general waste minimisation programme. Some of these initiatives include supporting and the facilitation of informal recyclers to form cooperatives for more effective and safer recycling. The majority of these informal recyclers are already living off recycling from landfill sites and other informal dumps in and around the City. The training and licensing of 68 members of community-
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based contractors was completed and followed by the distribution of 70 three-wheeler vehicles, popularly known as ‘tuk-tuks’. This intervention is aimed at assisting this communitybased organisation to do this job more effectively and much more safely. At the same time, they are providing a valuable service to the municipality and to the community. The City started a programme of deploying bulk walk-in containers in the informal settlements as part of an initiative to create materials recovery facilities in 45 of Ekurhuleni’s 119 informal settlements. This programme will be continued in the two outer years until all 119 informal settlements are reached.
As at the end of the 2018/19 financial year, according to records, 15.8% of the recyclable waste was diverted from entering the airspace of the City’s operated landfill sites.
STATE OF REFUSE COLLECTION The City collected and dispose over 1 million tonnes of waste from over 701 645 enrolled formal properties and 119 informal settlements, with an estimated population of over 164 000 households. A fixed collection calendar system was used during the last financial year for scheduling once-a-week refuse collection service for both informal and formal households. All registered properties and known informal settlements received comprehensive
waste management services that include round collected waste, clearing of illegal dumping and litter picking. As part of a process to improve service delivery and for purpose of business continuity, the City’s waste management depots that experienced challenges with regard to providing services were temporarily contracted to private companies to eradicate backlogs.
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Rise, Germiston Germiston will in future be regarded as the gemstone of Ekurhuleni. This is in line with the City’s vision of turning Germiston into the Sandton of Ekurhuleni.
he Growth, Employment and Redistribution: A Macroeconomic Strategy for SA (GEAR 2030) plan aims to revamp Ekurhuleni’s administrative capital of Germiston and turn it into a modern African city that can drive the region’s ambitious plans. The City, through its Real Estate Department, is working on infrastructure projects earmarked to give the Germiston precinct a ‘face-lift’ by incorporating modern architectural designs with heritage elements, making for a completely unique and distinctly African, world-class precinct. The Germiston Precinct Development project was formulated by the City of Ekurhuleni in 2014 and is intended to redevelop a civic precinct area for Germiston to function as the metro’s administrative capital. It also aims to develop a unified civic character, a civic axis and two public spaces along Queen Street, ultimately linking the President Station and the Germiston Lake to the civic complex. Though the civic administrative capital is the dominant character, the complex comprises projects such as housing, a city library, hotel, parking garage, public space facilities (a park), road infrastructure upgrading,
and new mixed-use development. The City is also upgrading its existing buildings such as the EGSC Building Auditorium and the Civic Centre, which will serve to strengthen and support the development of this precinct. The development of the civic precinct on the proposed site is expected to generate significant benefits for the local and broader Germiston community. These include:
SOCIAL BENEFITS Social benefits will include an improvement in the quality and quantity of services offered in the education, leisure, cultural and health spheres, while there will be increased opportunities for walking and cycling. The City is also focused on ensuring better integration with adjoining land use. Potential connections to proposed parks and the collocation of civic and community facilities will further enhance opportunities for public transport and access to all amenities. This in itself will facilitate development that is better aligned to adjoining land use.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS With a focus on improving the state and functioning of its own buildings, the
overall energy footprint of the Germiston council offices is likely to remain the same, or even decrease. Measures will also be put in place to ensure there are greater opportunities for harvesting rainwater and the use of grey water. The construction of green buildings in the precinct will be a key element of its renewal, as will the construction of playing surfaces and landscaped areas that are water-efficient. With an integrated precinct such as this, it is also expected that car dependency will be reduced, reducing air pollution and congestion.
ECONOMIC BENEFITS On the topic of integration, the sharing of common infrastructure such as roads, car parks and utility services is an important benefit, which will promote inclusivity and the effective utilisation of such amenities. There is a great opportunity to incorporate commercial tenancies and retail, further developing the mediumdensity civic precinct. And importantly, for the City, this precinct will be an income-generating vehicle, while providing a world-class living, working and playing zone for the people of Ekurhuleni.
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Rapid land release set in motion
The City of Ekurhuleni is steaming ahead with its rapid land release programme.
uring September 2019, the City announced that it would be releasing 56 farms at a value of R120 million to local smallholder and subsistence farmers to improve food security, increase tax and revenue base for the City, expand food export and attract new investments into Ekurhuleni. Among the goals of the initiative are enhancing the quality of livelihoods, and increasing the number of job opportunities in the region.
PROJECT TIMEFRAMES Over 1 000 hectares of land are set to be released to numerous beneficiaries, in a programme that will generate about R200 million revenue for the City, through medium-term lease agreements, in addition to other immense economic benefits. The key milestones and timeframes in relation to the programme have unfolded as follows: • The advertisement of the tender calling for prospective beneficiaries of the 56 farms to bid was released on 13 September 2019.
• A briefing session for the candidate beneficiaries was to be held on 4 October 2019 at the Germiston City Hall. • Then, the City was set to hold the Ekurhuleni Agriculture Summit, to flesh out how it will use agriculture to boost its economy, between 7 and 8 October 2019. This event had to be postponed and as at the time of publishing, the new dates had yet to be finalised. The City’s agriculture development and support programme, of which the rapid land release programme is a part, covers five key elements that will transform and grow the agricultural and agro-processing sector in Ekurhuleni. Farmers will be assisted with access to land owned by the City of Ekurhuleni, technical support, skills development, access to funding, as well as access to markets and offtake agreements.
Over 1 000 hectares of land are set to be released to numerous beneficiaries, in a programme that will generate about R200 million revenue for the City 62
FINALISING PARTNERSHIPS The City is in the process of finalising economic partnership agreements with private sector companies, government agencies, development financial institutions (DFIs), industry bodies, farmers’ associations, research institutions and training organisations. These various collaborations will support the City’s intent to position Ekurhuleni as the preferred investment destination for urban agriculture and agro-processing, in order to strengthen the City’s competitiveness in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), direct domestic investment (DDI) and creating jobs for the people of Gauteng. About R14 million has already been budgeted in the current financial year for the services of researchers and economists, who invaluable input will provide extensive support to the programme. Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina announced earlier this year during his 2019 State of the City Address that the City will release the agricultural farms to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and contribute to development of emerging farmers, while transforming the sector.
CITY NEW S | EKUR H U LE N I
Growth spurt for Harambee In late October 2019, the City of Ekurhuleni expanded the operations of its bus rapid transit system, Harambee, through the opening of new routes and the addition of 40 new buses.
he new service route from Tembisa Hospital to Bartlett will change passenger experiences for the better and complement the Tembisa to Isando and Tembisa to O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) routes currently in operation. Prospective Harambee passengers can look forward to travelling to work, schools and places of leisure by hopping into just one bus.
NEW ROUTE The new 28 km long, one-way trip to Bartlett will see buses travelling on the current Tembisa to Isando route along Flint Mazibuko Street, Reverend RTJ Namane Drive, Andrew Mapheto Drive, Zuurfontein Road and Isando Road. The route comprises of alternatives that go via Director Road and Andre Greyvenstein, before linking at Bartlett and Emperors Palace via Jones Road. With 22 kerbside stops erected along the route, passengers can safely embark and disembark the bus. The first bus towards Bartlett will leave Tembisa Hospital at 04:40, while the last bus will leave Bartlett at 19:00, to arrive at Tembisa Hospital at 20:20. Those who wish to leave from Bartlett, the first bus departs at 06:00 to Tembisa Hospital.
ADDITIONAL BUSES The Tembisa to ORTIA route is getting a major boost. Additional buses will be deployed on this route and the service will
extend to weekends and holidays. The trip frequency on this route will further increase from 20 minute to 10 minute intervals during the peak periods, with operating hours being extended to allow for the last bus from ORTIA to Tembisa to depart at 23:00. While the City of Ekurhuleni is working on completing Harambee’s infrastructure, it continues to expand Harambee operations.
TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE Speaking during the launch of the route, Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina said the investment into public transport is made to transform townships so that they also develop the same way suburbs are developing. He said the investment into public transport such as Harambee will go a long way in changing people’s lives. “We are investing in public infrastructure in our townships so that our people experience a truly better life for all. We are electrifying the last portions of Winnie Mandela and Vuzimusi, and we will continue giving our people proper sanitation. We will not renege on giving our people dignity,” he said. “KTVR Bus Service and the Ekurhuleni Taxi Industry (ETI) are excited that the City of Ekurhuleni is launching the extension of the Harambee service. We stand firmly behind the system and we will continue to ensure that the ETI plays a meaningful role in the achievement of such milestones,” said
Mandlakhe Kenneth Mtshali, executive chairman of KTVR Bus Service and regional deputy chairperson: Ekurhuleni of SANTACO. An integral part of Harambee has been the successful, City-led engagements and negotiations with the ETI, with notable highlights being; • The formalisation of the interim vehicle operating company • October 2017: Commencement of the starter service between Tembisa and Isando, in partnership with the ETI • January 2018: Phase 1A public transport market surveys methodology signed off • January 2018: Requirements and criteria for potentially affected operators signed off • September, 2019: The signing of the second memorandum of agreement between the City and the ETI.
IT’S COME A LONG WAY Harambee began operations with only eight buses on 18 October 2017 on the complementary route from Rabasotho Hall (Tembisa) to Isando. In December 2018, a secondary complementary route from Tembisa Hospital to ORTIA was launched, and 10 additional new buses were introduced in January 2019. Harambee has grown not only in fleet numbers but it also grew in passenger numbers. Today, over 3 200 daily passengers make Harambee their public transport platform of choice.
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