R/€ = 14.93Change: 0.06
R/$ = 14.03Change: 0.06
Au 1075.55 $/ozChange: -0.51
Pt 843.50 $/ozChange: 1.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Jul 13, 2012

Residential rejuvenation programme ‘recycling’ Joburg’s urban assets

Johannesburg|Housing|Joshco|PROJECT|Projects|Resources|Sustainable|The Johannesburg Social Housing Company|transport|Intentional By-product|Product|Public Transport Networks|Solutions|Infrastructure|Rory Gallocher
© Reuse this

An eight-year-old City of Johannesburg initiative that has seen the rejuvenation and development of 22 housing projects in the inner city is ‘recycling’ and reusing existing structures rather than developing outlying low-density housing and adding to the urban sprawl impasse.

As a driver of the city’s 2040 development vision, The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) manages around 7 500 units, which are spread across several projects in the inner city and in the greater Johannesburg area, providing low-cost accommodation for 25 000 tenants, the majority of whom are classified as being in the ‘working poor’ category.

The company, which is mandated to buy or refurbish buildings into rentable residential housing units, as well as man- age and lease these units on behalf of the city, aims to densify further in-core locations where infrastructure and public transport networks will be less costly to maintain.

An intentional by-product of this focused urban residential regeneration is an increased level of attractiveness for investment in areas previously considered as high-risk.

“We hope that by drawing attention to the advantages of investing in the inner city, we will influence the way resources are allocated. While public policy discus- sions do involve the importance of the inner city and the dangers of urban sprawl, investment decisions should mirror the policy speak far more aggressively,” says CEO Rory Gallocher.

Joshco currently controls ten buildings in areas of the inner city of Johannesburg, such as Hillbrow, Berea, Joubert Park and City Deep, which offer units that vary from communal rooms to private two- bedroom units at rentals of between R600 and R4 200.

Several of the buildings acquired by Joshco were derelict commercial and residential buildings that had either been ‘hijacked’ by criminal factions operating in the city, or had been abandoned by the owners.

Gallocher emphasises that the housing options developed by Joshco are designed and priced to respond to the diverse low- income market in the central business district, but believes that through sus- tained and sustainable development, this market could expand to include middle- income or high-income earners.

“The regeneration of the inner city must accommodate the needs and interests of a wide spectrum of people, but the equilibrium sought must include appropriate support for low-income individuals who depend on the inner-city hub for their livelihood,” he asserts.

In October 2010, Joshco was awarded the United Nations 2010 Scroll of Honour for its holistic approach to housing provision in Johannesburg.

The award recognises initiatives that have made outstanding contributions in various fields, such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless and providing leadership in postconflict reconstruction, and was an important international nod for the home-grown agency.

Not only has Joshco provided permanent housing solutions, but it has also converted a disused warehouse in New Doornfontein into a 160-bed emergency accommodation facility that offers temporary refuge to those displaced by disasters such as fires.

Later this month, the company will launch its flagship residential rejuvenation project, the AA House, a 216-unit development in Wanderers street, offering 30 communal units, 162 bachelor units, 18 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Construction News
Article contains comments
Drilling under way on the Free State property
Alternative energy investment holding company Renergen expects its natural gas venture in the Free State to begin producing revenues during early 2016 when a bus company starts using its gas to operate a new fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, which will...
A 100 m, R80-million underpass, which joins the two sites of the 1 900 ha mixed-development Riverfields, was officially opened by Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele on Friday. Construction on the 7-m-high bridge started in 2014 and took about 19 months to complete....
Independent tank storage group Vopak, of the Netherlands, has completed the first phase of an expansion project at its Durban Island View operations raising its fuel storage capacity to 174 000 m3. By the third quarter of 2016, Vopak South Africa, which is 30% owned...
Latest News
Maurice Radebe
Imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to initiate the greater use of gas in South Africa’s currently coal-dominated electricity generation. Anticipated is the establishment of infrastructure at South African ports, such as Saldanha Bay, Coega or Richards...
As South Africa battles water restrictions precipitated by the El Niño phenomenon, aged infrastructure, above-average temperatures, below-average rainfall and climate change, industry stakeholders have called for a collaborative water stewardship approach that will...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has the potential to completely change the relationships between individual consumers, professional designers and manufacturers. So argued Loughborough University Reader in Computer Aided Product Design Dr Ian...
Airbus Defence and Space: Military Aircraft has highlighted that its A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) has significant commonalities with the Airbus A330-200 commercial airliner, upon which it is based. The South African Air Force (SAAF) once operated a fleet of...
Financial services provider Nedbank launched the second edition of its Carbon Footprinting Guide earlier this month, which is aimed at demystifying carbon footprint approaches and help readers grasp the main concepts of carbon measuring, monitoring, reporting and...
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Caterpillar’s first backhoe loader. This also coincides with the worldwide release of its latest-generation F2 series backhoe loader, which was launched at supply chain services company Barloworld Logistics’ Big Dig Day in...
BARRY DWOLATZKY The CPD programme provides advanced skills required locally, and provides a stepping stone to Wits University’s Master of Engineering degree in software engineering
A shortage of software engineers is leading to fewer information technology (IT) projects in private and public sector organisations. This also places a dampener on the economy, as IT is an integral part of business and civil service, says University of Witwatersrand...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96