R850m development plan for Mamelodi
Karabo Ngoepe, News24
Pretoria - The township of Mamelodi, east of Pretoria will receive a face lift when an R850m development project is concluded.
The project is aimed at building an economic hub.
The hub will consist of a state of the art mall and a transport hub that will include a taxi, train and bus network.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura along with Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa launched the first phase of the project on Wednesday where they called on residents to rally behind the project.
The visit was part of the Ntirhisano project where government visits areas where projects are underway.
The day saw the leaders visiting Mamelodi and launching the first phase of construction. This was followed by a community meeting in Eesterust.
Ramokgopa said the project would change people’s lives once it was completed.
"Previously when our people wanted to go shopping, they had to go to town. We promised to change that and this is part of it. We started with a mini central business district in Mamelodi, which was followed by a shopping complex and hostels,” he said.
Ramokgopa said the new construction was part of the plan to revitalise the township.
“The new node will greet you when you enter Mamelodi the township from the west and there will also be another node in the east. We are working to revitalise the township economy,” he said.
The developer for the project, Shadrack Mthethwa said the project would be 60 000 square metres. He said it would be similar to Menlyn Shopping centre but without a cinema.
“This will be a social integration and mobility hub. We have accommodated 1 400 taxis and 600 traders. It will also have a medical centre manned by practitioners from Mamelodi,” he said.
Mthethwa called on residents to embrace the project and to get involved.
“Let us not stand outside the fence but get involved and work together. Embrace the project because this is your project ,” he said.
The project is expected to be completed in April 2017.