As part of her responsibilities, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Development Planning, Cllr Eunice Mgcina, recently undertook oversight visits to three projects by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA).
The JDA is the infrastructure development arm of the City of Johannesburg. It has managed over 1 300 capital expenditure projects in Johannesburg. The oversight visit took place at the Kaalfontein Multipurpose Centre, the Turffontein Clinic, and the Diepsloot Public Environment Upgrade.
Infrastructure development and refurbishment is one of the 11 mayoral priorities to achieve a better Joburg. MMC Mgcina, accompanied by the JDA project implementation team, braved the cold to begin working towards this mayoral priority.
Cllr Mgcina’s oversight tour started in Midrand, Region A, to view the construction proceedings the Kaalfontein Multipurpose Centre. The scope of works for phase one entailed the construction of the platforms, perimeter fence, service reticulations (water, sanitation, stormwater, electrical power) and the construction of a guardhouse. Phase two of the project will entail the construction of the main building works.
Following the completion of phase two, the Kaalfontein Multipurpose Centre development will consist of a new double storey administration and office building, community hall, and sport facilities that include a gymnasium, pool, and library, offices, hall and soccer fields. The second stop saw Cllr Mgcina at the Diepsloot Public Environment Upgrade, which is intended to promote pedestrian mobility and connectivity.
The scope of works of the project entails paving upgrades and new sidewalks creation; sidewalks, upgrading of intersections, traffic accommodation, bins and bollards, and landscaping and street furniture. Phase one is now complete and it entailed the extension of a pedestrian network, along the Government Precinct Node, to the north and Peach Road, to the west, as well as the extension of the Wetland Promenade to the future pedestrian bridge.
Phase two, which is currently ongoing, entails the upgrading of a 1.1km route along JB Marks, the upgrading of a 2.15km route along Percy Qoboza, Gateside Ave and Peach Rd and the extension of school road to create grid network.The MMC’s final stop was south of Johannesburg where the JDA is implementing the two-storey, 1870m² Turffontein Clinic, which is aimed at providing improved healthcare for the communities of Turffontein, Rosettenville, Kenilworth and neighbouring suburbs.
Once completed the clinic will be equipped with a 120 seat waiting area, 18 consulting rooms, an emergency and stabilisation unit, a mother and child section, counselling rooms, a group room for ARV Treatment and TB therapy, a testing facility and antenatal care.
It will also have an isolation room, a central pharmacy, social work counselling rooms and ablution facilities. “We happy that there is progress despite the challenges. Today, we have made a commitment that when the deadline for the delivery of these projects arrives, we would completed them within time,” MMC Mgcina noted.
“We have also made a commitment to the residents in these areas and to the councillors we have met in the areas that these projects will be completed and that the community will be happy to receive the developments set out in their IDPs,” she said.