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SPECIAL FEATURE the US Consulate-General. The Johannesburg Inner City Partnership (JICP) submitted its plans to to implement its “Makers Way” project in the Bertrams and Lorentzville suburbs and won approval for its public art project in 2018. The JICP is involved in numerous partnerships to improve the quality of life in the city. These include working with the National Association of Social Housing Organisations (NASHO), companies and agencies in the tourism and heritage sectors, urban agriculturalists, banks and financial organisations such as TUHF (Trust for Urban Housing) and AFHCO Holdings, a specialist in inner-city affordable housing developments.

The owner of the plot, valuation and zoning information is available for every stand. Building information is available for some parts of the UDZ. Various “improvement districts” have also been created, for example the RID (Retail Improvement District) where businesses in a designated area pay levies to secure improved cleaning and security services. In April 2019 the City of Johannesburg awarded tenders for 24 projects at 84 properties that will see thousands of accommodation options delivered for low-income rental. The Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) has attracted about R3.5-billion in private-sector funding for affordable housing in the province since 2012. The Brickfields housing and rental development in Newton was funded by the GPF and implemented by the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) as one of the first inner-city rejuvenation projects. JHC is a leader in converting bad buildings to usable rental space. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) projects range from the upgrading of Constitution Hill, the Faraday Station precinct, work on the Fashion District and pavements of the inner city, renovation of the Drill Hall and the big Newtown make-over. Private developer Indluplace Properties has purchased nine large apartment blocks, taking its total buildings in central Johannesburg CBD, Berea and Hillbrow to 23: 33% of the units are bachelor pads, 22% are two-bedroomed flats. The listed company (its major shareholder is Arrowhead) intends to “aggressively grow its portfolio” of high-yielding properties as it believes the rental market has huge potential. Public spaces play a critical role in urban regeneration planning, as do buildings that serve social purposes. When the Outreach Foundation Community Centre was built in Hillbrow in 2015, it was the first piece of social infrastructure to go up in the suburb since the 1970s. The design, a glass box in a light steel frame which seems to hover over the site, won architects Local Studio the Saint Goban architectural award and provides space for dance and computer classes and offices.

Multiple strategies Converting industrial properties to housing is another trend associated with the move to densify and improve inner cities. In Braamfontein West, next to the Sontonga Memorial Park, Plitvest and the Izingwe Property Group in association with RichLabs Architects are the developers of Sontonga Lofts. One of the flats is pictured below. Another active participant in encouraging development in the inner city is the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA). An important nudge for developers has been the tax incentives that accompany the Urban Development Zone (UDZ). The City of Johannesburg and the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), have developed a database for properties that fall within the UDZ.

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GAUTENG BUSINESS 2019/20

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Gauteng Business 2019-20  

The 2019/20 edition of Gauteng Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier b...

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