Key projects include the development of a mixed-used node - with retail, production and residential options - and an auto-industry training facility in partnership with the AA (in recognition of the role of this sector in Alexandra).
The construction of the Pan Africa Taxi Rank and retail facility will also be undertaken in the financial year. All cemeteries will be upgraded and work will be done to reinforce and stabilise the banks of the Jukskei River against further erosion.
The programme also aims to develop about 8 000 houses and to start building 4 000 residential units. The Alexandra Renewal Programme seeks to develop a variety of housing: in the 2006/2007 financial year, the focus will be on emergency housing, safe houses and special-needs houses. Work will also be done to develop a school for children with special needs, as well as an HIV/Aids facility at Edenvale Hospital.
The second project, the Cosmo City project, will formalise and integrate specific informal settlements in the north-western part of the city.The implementation of the project started in 2004 and extends over six years. The projected private and public investment value is estimated at R1,5-billion over the extended period.
The focus of the Cosmo development programme is now on storm water, roads, electricity and street lighting.
The City will be undertaking a pilot energy-efficiency project, and will also be developing and upgrading parks. The Cosmo public transport facility will also be developed in the current financial year. Work will continue on the relocation of informal settlements to Cosmo. Table 7 below gives a breakdown of the project's capital budget for the 2006/2007 financial year.
There are other initiatives in:
- the inner city (Constitutional Hill, greater Newtown, greater Ellis Park, Braamfontein, the fashion district, Jewel City, the Hillbrow Health Precinct and Rockey Raleigh);
- Soweto (greater Kliptown, Nasrec, the Soweto Empowerment Zone); and other areas (the Randburg CBD).