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2011-08-17: Changes to Joburg skyline imminent

A DYNAMIC vision for the regeneration of the Inner City from Fordsburg to Doornfontein is about to change the landscape and fortunes of Johannesburg.

The project known as the Decking of the Railways consists of the infill of the railway lines and creating a structure above that becomes new residential and business development. Together with under utilized land between the core of the Inner City and Braamfontein, the space will support new intended investment and automatic regeneration of the Inner City.

"Internationally these types of initiatives create new modern city centres that leverage financial resources for the City" says member of the mayoral committee for Economic Development Councillor Sello Lemao.

It has the potential to create significant revenue for the City where according to Councillor Lemao, "almost nothing is currently generated towards the tax base"

Once complete it will link Braamfontein with the Inner City from a south westerly direction as a new source of business and mixed use residential node, reduce sprawl, promote sustainability and create a vibrant high rise district for residents, business and tourists alike.

According to Councillor Lemao the project was conceived on several development principles; to innovatively use the space above the rail tracks to develop a balanced district, to enhance public transport appeal by improving the road network and accessibility to the Inner City, introduce and maximize high order services, public amenities and green spaces as well as creating sustainable jobs.

To date concise reports have been received for the Decking of the Railways that will be scrutinized by the Decking Working Group and inputs consolidated for the first draft business plans. Virtual animation of the decking will soon be constructed to assist with enhancement of the concept.


"Joburg, a City where community development, personal growth and social mobility are enhanced so that challenges of poverty, vulnerability, inequality and social exclusion are fundamentally addressed".

Issued on behalf of:
Councillor Sello Lemao
Mayoral committee member
Economic Development

Issued by:
Virgil James
City of Joburg
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