Overview | Profile | Projects

The five-year public environment upgrade programme prioritised the following precincts for investment over the five years of the Inner City Charter:
  • Year 1: Hillbrow, Berea and Yeoville;
  • Year 2: Doornfontein, Ellis Park and Bertrams;
  • Year 3: Pageview, Fordsburg, Vrededorp and the Retail Improvement District;
  • Year 4: The core CBD; and
  • Year 5: The southwestern part of the inner city.

2007/08 Year 1 – Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville

jda_dev_inner-city-3In this year, R162-million was allocated for public environment upgrades in Hillbrow, Berea and Yeoville. Approximately 150 city blocks were targeted. Three categories of streets were upgraded: high streets (like Pretoria and Kotze streets in Hillbrow, and Rockey / Raleigh street in Yeoville), activity streets and residential streets.

Work included lighting, paving, street trees, benches, bins, bollards, bus shelters, pedestrian guard railings, and other street furniture. A sanitary lane upgrade project refurbished 12 priority lanes.

2008/09 Year Two - Doornfontein, Ellis Park and Bertrams

In year two, focus shifted to the western precinct of Pageview, Fordsburg and Vrededorp, and the eastern precinct of Doornfontein, Ellis Park and Bertrams, but there was still work to be done in Hillbrow, Berea and Yeoville. Projects included the eKhaya neighbourhood and park, Governor's House and the Quartz Street linear market in Hillbrow.

Finally, in anticipation of the year three focus, some money was spent on public environment upgrading and the Moth building (for transitional housing) in the RID in the core CBD.

2009/10 Year 3 – Pageview, Fordsburg, Vrededorp and the RID

Fordsburg street upgrades and the Fordsburg market were completed. In the RID, the work involved upgrading part of Joubert Street, Ernest Oppenheimer Park, Kerk Street, Sauer Street and the Bree Street Triangle.

The Ntemi Piliso Gateway was completed and the Moth building refurbishment was completed.

2010/11 Year 4 – The core CBD

Continuing from the previous two year's work, the purpose of the development in 2010/11 is to create a pedestrian friendly and walkable urban environment through the establishment of a network of public spaces.

The project will seek to improve continuity and connectivity for pedestrians towards and between places of work, public transport and other facilities. It will also strive to improve access to spaces for recreational and social purposes. The project area is defined as between De Villiers Street in the north, Commissioner Street in the south, Sauer Street in the west, and End Street in the east.

In 2011/12, year five, the focus will move to the extreme southwestern part of the inner city.