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Residents told about social infrastructure being built in Region A

The City of Johannesburg is pumping a lot of money into social infrastructure such as a library, sport field, indoor sport center, roads and bridges amongst others in various communities of Region A.

Residents who attended the first scheduled meeting in Region A about the IDP Feedback Sessions, at Halfway House Primary School, on 2 November 2017; were told that the City was currently busy constructing some of the social infrastructure which the residents had requested. In addition, other infrastructure projects were on the pipeline already.

The City is currently going across Johannesburg to different communities with its budget; where residents have the opportunity to see how much money is allocated for their neighborhoods.

Addressing a packed hall, the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety, Councillor Michael Sun, said: “ The City is currently building the following amenities in ward 92, a library, the sport field and an indoor sport center at the tune of R1 500 000.”

Residents at the meeting raised concerns such as serious traffic problems because of development and insufficient road infrastructure. Some residents complained about the development in the region happening too fast, which has led to too many complex issues arising.

Councillor Sun responded by saying, the City had budgeted about R20 million over three years towards the tarring of road in extension 23.

“Some of the roads are already on the list for phase two of current work which is undertaken by the Johannesburg Roads Agency. The remainder of the roads will be constructed under phase three,” said Councillor Sun.

Councillor Sun said the City plans to build a bridge to cross between Sagewood and Le Roux Street to Noordwyk in ward 112. Other major projects in the planning phase include the building of a bridge in Emfulani extension one and two, and the building of a proper sport field in ward 112.

Current projects taking place on the ground in various wards include:

Upgrade of sewer line – Ward 77 & 79
Kaalspruit Eco-Park Development – Ward 78
Gravels roads upgrade project – Wards 78 & 111
Implementation of Complete Street Features in Ivory Park – Ward 77 
Reconstruction of roads in Ivory Park (Limpopo & Nigel) – Ward 77
Conversion of open drains in Ivory Park ward – Wards 77 & 133
Construction of Linear Markets (informal traders) Kopanong Precinct – Ward 77
Gravel Roads Upgrade in Ivory Park ext. 9 – Ward 78

There are other planned IDP Feedback sessions in Region A which include the ones in Rabie Ridge on the 7th November, Ivory Park North on the 11th November, Diepsloot on the 12th November and Bloubosrand on the 16th November.