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​The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has appointed Boitshoko Construction Road & Surfacing to start with the construction stage of the first phase of Merafe Railway Station project.

The R26 million Railway Station upgrade started this month and will be completed in October 2019. The project is expected to employ six SMME's and use local labourers.

The project is part of the City of Joburg's initiative to improve public transport facilities in all the seven regions. The main objective of this project is to upgrade pedestrian walkways connecting to all Metrorail stations in Soweto to improve pedestrian mobility to allow for safer movement between different amenities and integration with the public transport facilities. The upgrade will also include street lighting and services enhancement where required. 

Scope of work will also include drainage, sidewalks, kerbs and paving, street lighting, landscaping.

The JDA will also upgrade Mzimhlophe Railway Station for R26 million to improve pedestrian mobility. The appointed contractor Bophelong Construction has already started with the construction stage of the first phase and expected to employ six SMME's and utilise local labourers. The project will be completed next year.

Scope of work will also include drainage, sidewalks, kerbs and paving, street lighting, landscaping. The project will be phased based on budget availability

The overall aim of the project to allow for safer movement between different amenities and integration with the public transport facilities, says Christo Botes, the JDA CEO.