Last month saw the annual SOPA delivery by the Premier of Gauteng David Makhura. The extensive document sheds light on Gauteng’s vision and ten-pillar programme for radical transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation (TMR). These ten-pillars constitute a vehicle through which Government seeks to transform, modernise and re-industrialise the Gauteng City Region. The vision is to build a City Region that is socially cohesive, economically inclusive, a leading economy on the African Continent, with smart, innovation-driven, knowledge-based and sustainable industries; an accountable, responsive, transparent and clean government as well as an active citizenry. The Ten Pillars are:
• Radical economic transformation • Decisive spatial transformation • Accelerated social transformation • Transformation of the State and governance • Modernisation of the economy • Modernisation of the public service and the state • Modernisation of human settlements and urban development • Modernisation of public transport and other infrastructure • Re-industrialising Gauteng as our country’s economic hub • Taking a lead in Africa’s new industrial revolution
Here are some of the plans Government has set for Gauteng Province:
1. More than R10bn in public and private investments is to go towards the rejuvenation of the Johannesburg CBD.
2. The old townships of Klipspruit and Alexandra are to be revitalised.
4. R71bn will go towards the construction of Waterfall City, the largest city to be built in post-apartheid South Africa. The project is expected to create 100 000 jobs.
5. The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system will be expanded to other areas at a cost of R2bn.
6. Lanseria Airport is to receive a R500m facelift, funded by the private sector.
7. The Africa Gateway to be constructed in the heart of Centurion will comprise a convention centre, a hotel, commercial office space. The new UN offices will be based there.
8. The City of Tshwane is to invest R525m in a business process outsourcing park in Hammanskraal to offer training and technical support to small businesses.
9. Some government vehicles will be repaired by township-based enterprises at selected repair hubs.
10. Rooftop solar panels will be installed on all government buildings. With 8 million square metres of rooftop space available, it’s estimated this will generate 300 to 500 megawatts of power.