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13 February 2007


About Region F

Vusi Mavuso

Regional director
Nkosinathi Mtetwa is not one for desktop models. The regional director of Region F prefers to walk the inner city streets himself to see first-hand what goes on.
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Where we are

Region F is bound by Killarney Ridge in the north – Regions E (Houghton and Orange Grove) and B (Parktown), the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to the east, the Klip River to the south, and to the west by Regions D (Soweto) and G (Joburg South). It includes Southgate, Fordsburg and Mayfair.

It combines Johannesburg's inner city and its lower density, predominantly residential areas to the east of the City Centre. The higher density suburbs of Berea and Hillbrow are to the northeast, and the areas of Newtown, Fordsburg, Pageview and Vrededorp are to the west.

The southern boundary of Region F comprises the southeastern corner of the metro and is commonly known as Johannesburg South. To the north it meets the inner city along the mining belt and the M2 freeway.

Region F suburbs

Suburbs in the region include: Aeroton, Aspen Hills, Bassonia, Bellevue East, Bellevue, Benrose, Berea, Bertrams, Braamfontein, City and Suburban, City and Suburban Industrial, City Deep, City West, Crown Gardens, Denver, Doornfontein, Droste Park, Elandspark, Elcedes, Fairview, Ferreirasdorp, Fordsburg, Glenanda, Glenvista, Heriotdale, Highlands, Hillbrow, Jeppestown South, Jeppestown, Johannesburg Inner City, Judith's Paarl, Kenilworth, Kensington, Kibler Park, La Rochelle, Liefde-en-Vrede, Linmeyer, Lorentzville, Malvern, Marshalls Town, Marshalls, Meredale, Moffatview, Mondeor, Mulbarton, Nasrec, New Doornfontein, Newtown, North Doornfontein, Oakdene, Ormonde, Pageview, Randview, Regentspark, Robertsham, Rosettenville, Salisbury Claims, Selby, South Hills, Spes Bona, Suideroord, The Hill, Troyeville, Tulisapark, Turffontein, Village Main Ext 3, Vrededorp, Winchester Hills and Yeoville.

General description

Region F is an area of contrasts; it ranges from degraded residential areas such as Bertrams and the more stable commercial suburb of Braamfontein, to the affluent middle- and upper-income suburbs of Glenvista, Mulbarton and Bassonia along the region's southern boundary.

The central area (Joburg's central business district) has a vibrant street life, with an estimated one million commuters passing through the inner city daily. It functions as a regional shopping node for residents from around Johannesburg and visitors from other African countries.

Because of well-maintained infrastructure, Region F is well integrated with the surrounding urban areas. All major arterial roads originate from this area and radiate out into other parts of the city. The main railway station, bus terminuses and large taxi ranks are also situated within the inner city.

The suburbs close to the inner city, in particular Joubert Park, Hillbrow and Berea, have a large number of high-rise blocks of flats. The CBD has a lack of green open space, although small neighbourhood parks exist in the suburbs. Joubert Park is the main green space in Johannesburg and is home to the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Johannesburg South leads through some of Johannesburg's oldest working-class suburbs, with newer residential developments spreading outwards as the further one moves from the city.

Demographic information

The region's population is estimated to be 433,054 (Census 2001, Stats SA). However, this figure is inaccurate because the number of people living in the inner city on a temporary basis is unknown.

There is a distinct difference in demographics between the inner city and the southern part of this region. In the past few years higher-income residents and whites have moved away from the inner city bowl and are being replaced by a lower-income population of blacks.

This is in complete contrast to the southern part of the region – Mulbarton, Glenvista, Aspen Hills, Allan Manor, Bassonia and so forth – which is 66 percent white and relatively youthful, with 38 percent being under 25 years old.

The population of Johannesburg South is young and growing, partly because of an influx of new homeowners from Soweto drawn by better housing, land value and facilities, as well as swift, convenient access to their places of employment.

Key issues

Inner city
The goal of the inner city regeneration strategy is to raise and sustain private investment in the inner city, leading to a rise in property values.

Key focus areas are:

  • Addressing city blight, the degradation of buildings and physical deterioration of service infrastructure;
  • Decreasing high levels of crime and lack of security;
  • Reversing the flight of office workers and associated users to suburban nodes;
  • Addressing the physical degradation of public areas caused by litter and decay;
  • Upgrading the area to stop the decline in rentals and property values;
  • Decreasing illegal occupation and land invasion in residential suburbs and vacated buildings; and
  • Paying attention to the increasing presence of immigrant entrepreneurs and associated xenophobic tendencies.

Johannesburg South
There are a number of issues specific to the Johannesburg South suburbs.

Key focus areas are:

  • A declining office environment in favour of the northern suburbs;
  • Addressing dust and run-off pollution from mine dumps;
  • Increasing safety and security at Aeroton; and
  • The under-utilisation of precincts around Nasrec and FNB Soccer City.


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