JDA to upgrade Randburg CBD


The Randburg CBD is about to undergo a major regeneration as the JDA gets set to implement the Randburg Urban Development Framework.

Randburg is a key Transit Oriented Development hub set to to be developed as part of the Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy.

Despite its potential as a key regional transit node, Randburg CBD (central business district) continues to function as a mid-level retail and office node, with less than optimal residential land uses and limited public amenities, and has, due to several factors, been in decline, with under development, for more than two decades.

In particular, office rentals remain depressed compared to other decentralised office nodes such as Sandton, Fourways, Melrose Arch and even Braamfontein; and retail activity in Randburg has declined over this period.

However, a key competitive advantage is Randburg’s importance as a transit hub, serving as a dominant taxi interchange. With the new Gautrain bus service, and the proposed Rea Vaya bus rapid transit service, this position will be enhanced.

From 2003 to 2008 the JDA implemented the first phase of public environment upgrading work in Randburg. This included upgrading the taxi rank and traders’ market, extending Hill Street Mall as a priority pedestrian way and other minor works.

The new Randburg Urban Development Framework (UDF), approved by Council in July 2010, cites a lack of consensus and buy-in from stakeholders on key development proposals and a lack of urban management outside of the City Improvement District area as the main reasons for the continued under-performance.

The UDF has identified a number of projects to be implemented over the medium term, including improving the movement system, supporting the developing the area as a transit node, and promoting pedestrian movement throughout the CBD.

The UDF also seeks to define and brand the area as an attractive business and commercial centre, and to encourage high density residential and mixed-use developments in line with transit-oriented development principles.

The scope of work for the financial year includes a small project to introduce at least one of the gateway elements, some minor works to assist with managing the precinct (lighting and a tap in the Hill Street Mall are required), and minor works to assist with preparing the civic precinct property for development tenders.