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The area

The high-density residential suburb of Yeoville falls within Region 8 of the City of Johannesburg. Located on the north-easterly end of Region 8, the precinct is bounded by Berea to the west, Houghton to the north, Observatory to the east and Highlands to the south.

Rockey/Raleigh is a developed east-west high street, which forms a commercial, retail, recreation and entertainment spine to the surrounding residential suburbs.

According to the Urban Econ Business Audit undertaken in 2003, retail development comprises 54% of the businesses found in the area: general groceries, meat, liquor, fast foods, clothing and a limited amount of furniture. Personal service businesses form 30% of the businesses, including internet cafes, hairdressers and liquor.

Vision

Yeoville Rockey/Raleigh High Street will be attractive, well-maintained, safe, secured and convenient urban environment sustained by a vibrant local mixed-use economy, providing opportunities for convenient shopping, accessible retail, entertainment, recreation and social services facilities predominantly to the neighbourhood community and attractive to the sub-regional community".

To affect this goal, zones for different activities have been identified along the length of Rockey/Raleigh Street:

The section from Fortesque to Kenmere streets will be zoned as a civic node, with a focus on public services. The library will be moved into an empty City Power building nearby and the old police station will be used for social services. A new police station will be built next to it by the Department of Public Works. Alongside will be a clinic. The public pool, also built to cater for a small community, will be upgraded to meet demand.

Further down Rockey/Raleigh street, between Cavendish and Bezuidenhout Streets, is the entertainment node. Investment in a small business hub and support centre will see the creation of a more dynamic business environment.

In light of the huge numbers of people the area attracts, security measures will be stepped up and improved lighting and CCTV cameras have been proposed along Rockey/Raleigh as well as Hunter and Hopkins streets.

On a more practical level, traffic regulation and paving of Rockey and Raleigh and some of the adjacent streets is also in the pipeline. The JDA proposes to turn the one-way section of Rockey Street, between De La Rey and Bezuidenhout streets, into a two-way street. This will alleviate congestion along the proposed M18 route, along the Observatory-Rockey-Bezuidenhout-Hendon-Harrow route and will increase the space available for parking.

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