Tuesday, 20 September 2011 02:00

Defeating the Urban Decay Monster

By 2000 the last psychological blow fell. One could argue that most businesses that were going to leave inner city Joburg had done so by the mid 1990s.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 02:00

Rissik Street landmark to be restored

Rissik Street Post Office, a heritage building in Johannesburg that was gutted by fire two years ago, is being restored and should have a new roof by the end of December.

WHILE most 2010 Soccer World Cup stadium construction and upgrade projects in SA have overspent their budgets, training ground Orlando Stadium has kept within its R280m budget.

Construction IndustryCity of Johannesburg authorities said yesterday all the material for the stadium was bought long before the prices increased.

“We bought all the material in 2006 and kept it on site. What we couldn’t accommodate, like the roof, we found alternative storage space for,” said Deon Venter, the city’s official in the community development department.

Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo said price increase projections were conducted even before contracts for the construction of the stadium were signed, as escalations were expected.

“There were interactions and engagements before the contracts were signed. We created the foundation to make sure that problems that happened elsewhere did not happen at Orlando.”

The stadium will be used as a training venue during the tournament. Its construction was 75% funded by the City of Johannesburg and 25% by the national government. It has been reported that the World Cup would cost the government R3bn more than the planned R9,8bn. Experts say this is because of increasing building material prices and general inflation.

Unlike at match venues across the country, construction had not been delayed at Orlando as there had been no labour disputes.

Disputed overtime payments and bonuses brought construction to a halt a number of times at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit, the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth, Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town, Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane and the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. The City of Johannesburg said the first phase of the Orlando construction was 94% complete and that the entire facility would be completed in four months.

Councillor Ruby Mathang said labour disputes had not taken place because the building process was “people driven”.

“We sourced labour from across the entire Soweto area. We met community liaison officers and constantly had meetings with labour. The success was because people wanted to see this project succeed,” said Mathang.


Friday, 18 April 2008 02:00

Ramshackle revival

Regenerating Jo’burg’s inner city was always going to be complicated. Now, even doubters think it may really happen

Thursday, 10 May 2007 02:00

Regeneration: The final summit?

Another Jo'burg inner-city summit is greeted with hope and scepticism

Wednesday, 09 May 2007 02:00

Residents seek say on city blueprint

Inner-city residents have called for an urgent meeting with Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo to discuss the city's housing plan before a final blueprint on Johannesburg's development over the next few years is released in July.

As South Africa prepares to begin major construction projects around the country, heated disputes are set to erupt over the rights to develop lucrative sites

The revival of Johannesburg’s inner city has seen an escalation in the value of property, making it more difficult for government and non profit organisations to provide much needed social housing for low-income earners.

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 02:00

Joburg CBD revamp appears to be paying off

Confidential in Johannesburg's inner city continues to rise, attracting new investors willing to tackle projects in both the residential and commercial markets, says a report released on Monday. vBusiness confidence was found to be highest in the cultural arc development zone linking Braamfontein to Newtown.

The Housing Department and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) will jointly host Municipal Housing Indaba in Johannesburg tomorrow.

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