The City of Ekurhuleni’s SUDs are large-scale urban developments that are of a metropolitan-wide strategic nature and of critical importance in nurturing the growth and development of the City as envisaged in its Growth and Development Strategy, Integrated Development Plan, Metropolitan Development and Capital Investment Framework.
SUDs are typically initiated and led by the private sector, or a state-owned enterprise, and tend to straddle two or more townships.
The City of Ekurhuleni plays host to several projects as highlighted through the National Development Plan and its respective Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs). One of the key national interventions identified by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee is the SIP2 development of an industrial and logistics corridor along the N3 national route – through Gauteng, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal – which will see the City of Ekurhuleni and its aerotopolis programme being key to the success of this project.
While development and business growth around O.R. Tambo International Airport are undoubtedly inevitable considering the site’s national importance, a properly defined and structured approach will reap the greatest benefits for both the City and its people. In identifying that key projects and other high value developments should by no means be left to generic land-use approval processes, which take lengthy amounts of time for approvals
due to the institutional structure and nature of legal processes, the City of Ekurhuleni decided to establish a special division within the City Planning Department.
This better enables the City to drive and facilitate these projects to completion and optimise the strategic and developmental benefits they offer.
The 11 identified Strategic Urban Developments (SUDs):
- M&T (Route 21)
- Tambo Springs
- Carnival Junction
- Glen Gory
- O.R. Tambo International Airport Precinct
- S&J Industrial
- Lords View
Each of the 11 Strategic Urban Developments is currently in a different stage of development.
City Manager Dr Imogen Mashazi emphasises the importance of the SUDs to the City of Ekurhuleni, and highlights three particular developments that are in advanced stages. “Ekurhuleni is on a trajectory to continue its development as an aerotropolis. This means that we are committed to attracting investment into the City that supports this vision. Our 11 SUDs, which are spread across the region, will together transform the City landscape. There are three SUDs that currently merit special mention,” she states.
The Prasa-Gibela manufacturing plant in Dunnottar, Nigel, is almost near completion. This development is significant for the far-eastern region of the City in terms of the economic
impetus it will bring. The development is set to create thousands of jobs and produce around 600 state-of-the-art trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
The Lords View Industrial Park in Chloorkop has been established for some time now and has attracted some major businesses into the area. Other than big companies locating
operations there, its eco-sensitive nature makes it a leading industrial development in terms of sustainability. With a gas-to-energy project on its doorstep, the industrial park draws a portion of its power needs from the adjacent Chloorkop landfill.
Financial and social returns
And then there is the Riverfields development, which houses significant logistics companies along the R21, as well as high-end residential sites. It has future plans that include further mixed-use development and mixed-income housing opportunities.
The development’s inclusive approach going forward will ensure that both investors and the City see healthy financial and social returns, respectively.
Further details are provided on the three above-mentioned SUDs on the following pages:
The City of Ekurhuleni’s SUDs are exceptional examples of what is possible when the private and public sectors’ purposes align to bring about growth in the region and stimulate
investment. It is in working together that the vision of a better City for all, a City of the future, will become a reality.
Private sector organisations looking to establish or expand their operations in the City of Ekurhuleni are invited to contact the City.