The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the City of Johannesburg, is set to begin phase two of the construction of the Kaalfontein Multipurpose Centre, Ebony Park and Ivory Park, in Midrand, Region A, which is aimed at benefiting the community, after phase one reached practical completion in December last year.
Once completed, the Kaalfontein Multipurpose Centre development will consist of a new a double storey administration and office building, community hall, and sport facilities that include a gymnasium, pool, and library, offices, hall and soccer fields.
The multipurpose centre will provide opportunities for social interaction and cater for different sporting codes, such as soccer, basketball, swimming and more. It will be a modern, integrated, 3236m2 multipurpose centre, which includes a much-needed community hall, sports courts, and library, is on the cards for residents of Kaalfontein, Ebony Park and Ivory Park, in Midrand, Region A.
From a learning perspective, the facility will offer learning facilitation through an 806m², state-of-the-art library and a learning centre.
Located in the north-eastern corner of City of Johannesburg, in an area where population growth is certain, the facility will provide a safe space that facilitates the enhancing of fundamental skills like reading and writing, in conjunction with sport, physical activity and health to stimulate growth and development in the community.
“The construction of the facility forms part of the City of Johannesburg’s strategy to meet this demand for new social infrastructure and is intended to fulfill the broader regeneration objectives, including transforming communities, skills growth, employment creation, improvement of quality of life and affording communities access to recreational spaces,” said Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development, Cllr Margaret Arnolds.
The scope of works for phase one, completed at the end of 2020, entailed the construction of the platforms, perimeter fence, service reticulations (water, sanitation, stormwater, electrical power) and the construction of a guardhouse.
Phase two of the project entails the construction of the main building works and is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2021. It is projected to take up to 24 months to complete.
“The Kaalfontein area and surrounds remains an area where major backlogs are still a reality in terms of infrastructure. This multipurpose centre, in which various social facilities are clusters, exemplifies our key strategy in providing a basis for stimulating growth and development in the community,” said Cllr Thapelo Amad, the MMC for Development Planning.
The facility will supplement the various developments that have been taking place in Kaalfontein, including the Kaalfontein Intersection Upgrade and the recently upgraded state-of-the-art, eco-friendly Kaalfontein Clinic.
“The Kaalfontein Multipurpose Centre is in line with the City of Johannesburg’s 2040 Growth and Development Strategy in focusing on systematically changing the spatial landscape of the city to give citizens more equitable access, increase economic activity and promote sustainable livelihoods,” MMC Amad concluded.