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Orlando East upgrades

As part of the Urban Development Framework, the Orlando East Station precinct was identified as a major project. This led to the drafting of the Orlando East Station Precinct Urban Design Framework, which broadly identified the following interventions:

Station forecourt (west)

The proposal focuses on the creation of formal drop-off and pick-up zones with good lighting and landscaping. Adjacent buildings should have a direct relationship with the forecourt, and the forecourt should be clearly defined with good pedestrian connections.

Public square

The proposal focuses on the creation of terraced public open space with trading space.

Multipurpose walkway

This proposal focuses on the intervention between the police station and Martha Louw Street. The large road reserve (pavement) is appropriate for a hard surface abutting an existing walkway. This surface can be used for parking, as well as gatherings and community events.

In 2010/11, the public square will be developed as the first phase of the Orlando East Station precinct upgrade.

Kliptown upgrades

Despite huge investment taking place to turn Kliptown into a proper precinct and the square into public open space, the area requires further development. Residents have voiced dissatisfaction with the quality of the public realm around the square, and the square itself is not used optimally. There are still an estimated 5 950 informal dwellings in Kliptown, and there is a plan to deliver at least 4 900 new subsidized and social housing units over the next five years.

Following the completion of a review of the Kliptown Urban Development Framework in February 2010, three priority urban upgrading projects are proposed for implementation by the JDA.

The Kliptown public environment upgrade in 2010/11 will consist of the following components:

  • Upgrading of the pedestrian bridge across the railway line;
  • Public environment upgrade of the walkways between the bridge and the railway station; and
  • Construction of a building for use as a study area or centre on Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication.

Stretford Station upgrades

The City of Joburg applied to the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG), administered by the National Treasury, for funding for Stretford and was allocated R6,7-million in 2008/09 to construct the Ridge Walk, a pedestrian way that links a densely populated neighbourhood in Orange Farm to Stretford Station.

Kliptown's Walter Sisulu Square of DedicationThe Ridge Walk is flanked by lights, spaces with seating and art work produced by local artists, and at the crest of the ridge there is a park with children’s play equipment and a small amphitheatre for community events. It has had a significant effect on quality of life in Stretford, and has improved the commuter experience for countless people who previously had to make their way along a dark, rocky and dangerous path up the hillside.

In 2009/10, the JDA spent a further R10,2-million on public environment upgrades to consolidate the link between the Ridge Walk and the station, and on the first phase of stormwater infrastructure in the Stretford Station precinct, including the construction of an attenuation pond.

The main 2010/11 project is the completion of the storm water upgrade, which will consist of the following components:

  • Construction of a storm water retention pond;
  • Construction of a section of planned storm water drainage system (underground pipes);
  • Open V-channels;
  • Retaining walls (gabion retaining structures for the pond); and
  • Palisade fencing all around the pond.

The scope of work for the public environment upgrading portion of the project is still to be defined, once agreement has been reached with the relevant City of Joburg departments and entities.

Diepsloot upgrades

The JDA implemented a public environment upgrade project in 2009/10 on the government node (William Nicol Drive and Ingonyama Road intersection), which included upgrading of Ingonyama road paving, kerbing of the pavements, street lighting, street furniture and landscaping.

The square is not used to its full potentialIngonyama Road is a major entry into and route through Diepsloot, and the repair of the existing road and installation of a river crossing will improve efficiency of movement and enhance possibilities for economic development.

The following construction work is earmarked in the government node:

  • Further upgrading of Ingonyama Road, including paving and kerbing along the pavement, street lighting, street furniture and landscaping;
  • Some improvements to the existing taxi rank, such as additions to the admin block and ablutions, paving, public artwork; and
  • Construction of two pedestrian bridges - each 60 metres long, precast concrete bridges along the eastern river crossing (Ward 95) and on the western river crossing (Ward 96).