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Development nodes across Joburg, integrated with its movement systems, are identified and upgraded by the City, to encourage economic and social investment.
The City of Johannesburg has been described as "a developmental local government" that aims to improve the quality of life of all its residents.
Vital to this are its on-going urban regeneration and renewal projects. Development nodes are identified and steps are taken to upgrade the area, supporting local business and encouraging economic and social development investments.
The City intends to establish a clear structure of urban nodes well integrated with movement systems in Johannesburg, with an emphasis on new economic nodes in disadvantaged areas. Areas include the inner city, Soweto, Alexandra and Randburg.
The regeneration of the inner city is one of the City's priorities.
To this end, it has adopted an Inner City Regeneration Charter to accelerate transformation and boost investment and development. It works closely with private sector partners to ensure that the goals of the charter are being met.
Successes to date include the regeneration of Mary Fitzgerald Square; Fashion District; Rockey / Raleigh Street in Yeoville; Doornfontein and New Doornfontein precincts; Ellis Park precinct; Ghandi Square; public environment upgrades in Berea, Hillbrow and Yeoville; new retail investment in Bree Street; Brickfields social housing; and Anglo Ashanti's Turbine Hall headquarters.
In Soweto, the impact of urban renewal projects are conspicuous and visible: first and foremost has been the rebuilding of the beautiful calabash-shaped FNB Stadium, and the road infrastructure linking the stadium to the CBD.
Upgrades have taken place in and around Vilakazi Street, famous for being home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners - Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Other Soweto projects include the Kliptown Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, the Bara Taxi and Bus Facility, the Soweto Empowerment Zone, and the R1-billion Orlando Ekhaya project.
The township of Alexandra has benefited from the on-going Alexandra Renewal Programme, which seeks to upgrade living conditions and human potential in the area.
Infrastructure upgrades have included a new water reservoir in Linbro Park; pavements, roads and bridges have been improved, including the widening of Vincent Tshabalala Road; more than 11 000 housing units have been built; the electrical infrastructure has been upgraded; and 37 hectares of land have been turned into parks.
The Alexandra Plaza and Pan Africa Retail Centre alone have yielded R417-million in private sector investment, with the Pan Africa Development Project allowing the Alexandra Renewal Programme to provide a formal taxi rank.
The Randburg CBD is a City Improvement District managed by Kagiso Urban Management, which also manages similar districts like Sandton Central and Rosebank.
Plans are underway to upgrade the district and so help to enco