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GP: Mokonyane: Speech by the Premier, at the Launch of the Winterveldt Integrated Development Programme
Source: Polity
Source Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Sep 17, 2010

In late 2008, the Gauteng Department of Local Government, together with the Tshwane Municipality, began talks which culminated in the ratification of Winterveldt as a priority development project of the province. This meant that like other urban renewal projects the area would receive special attention in terms of planning and funding.
In fact the upgrading of Winterveldt as a special reconstruction and redevelopment project has been promoted since 1999 and will end in 2017. The City of Tshwane inherited the project under the cross-boundary agreement with North West province in 2000. And the Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee adopted the Winterveldt Urban Renewal Project during October 2008, proceeding with technical and construction activities. Winterveldt Urban Renewal Business Plan was formulated and approved in 2010. In terms of this plan the project is structured as a six year urban renewal programme with the estimated project value of R4,939 billion.
The project area consists of an urbanised southern sector accommodating close to 31000 beneficiary families, and rural northern sector of approximately 1 411 small farms. In a nutshell, this intervention aims to reconstruct and develop Winterveldt into a sustainable, integrated suburb in line with the national policy of Breaking New Ground.
As we implement the program, we intend to focus on the following projects:
• infrastructure development (Bulk services: water, sanitation, electricity roads and storm-water etc)
• Mixed housing development
• Economic Development (Agricultural development, LED,etc)
• Social Development and Support (Schools, clinic, health,sports etc
• Urban Planning ( Integrated spatial development planning, urban land use management etc
• Resource mobilisation.
Programme director,
As we are aware a significant part of 30 000-strong households in Winterveldt is rural we will work very closely with the municipality and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that rural development takes place. We will also be looking at turning unused agricultural land into productive enterprises in order to boost the local economy. The revitalisation of such economies has been identified as one of the priorities of the Gauteng Provincial Government and we will therefore do all in our power to ensure that it receives adequate support.
Our experience with reviving neglected, yet important, regions of our cities such as Alex, Evaton and even the Johannesburg Inner City, has taught us that with determination, cooperation and a strong will and partnership we can achieve great things, make great strides and turn what was once a heap of decay into a centre of great socio-economic progress. However, this can be accomplished if the program enjoys the full support and participation of the community. We therefore call on civil society organisations which have been active in this area for so long to come forward and assist in developing Winterveldt into a community in which all residents can live in peace and comfort.
As it happens with all infrastructure development of this scale some of the community members might be inconvenienced during construction. This will be a temporary inconvenience to be followed by comfort, peace and a better life.
We appeal to the community to exercise patience and understanding throughout the development process.
Dankie
Ngiyabonga

 

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