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Bridge city's first residential development breaks ground
The City has welcomed Bridge City Precinct’s first residential development that broke ground on 31 July. This new development is set to change the view of residential townships and showcase how integrated and co-ordinated developments can inject sustainable economic growth.

Clearing of the site for the affordable housing project commenced on 4 August with the project scheduled for completion within 15 months. Once complete, the development will form part of the Bridge City Development Precinct which includes the 13-hectare Bridge City Business Estate and a town centre consisting of commercial, retail, residential, a state hospital and regional magistrate’s court sites.

The Bridge City Precinct development, a Presidential Lead Project, is aimed at the residents and businesses within the Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (PINK) areas and is a product of a joint venture between the eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett, known as the Effingham Development Joint Venture. 

Shunnon Tulsiram, Head of the Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit said this development is a significant milestone in the evolution of the Bridge City project. “We look forward to seeing many more housing projects, so that we can support the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) and most importantly to allow for Bridge City to meet its intended objective of a quality living environment,” he said.

One of the main outcomes of the precinct development is to ensure affordable social housing through private and public collaboration. Two other projects that have made headway are the private developments by Instratin and Ke Nako, the developers appointed by the City.

These two developments are at an advanced stage with Instratin ready to commence with construction in September 2020. The project is expected to be completed in four phases over the next three years. Ke Nako is finalising its Land Availability Agreement with the City and the targeted date of commencement on site is June 2021.

The social housing programme is aimed at providing affordable quality rental housing that is targeted at low-moderate income earners of between R1 500 per month to R15 000 per month. Further to the regulated income spread, the Municipality has adopted an allocation policy which allows proportional allocation of social housing units by the Municipality, and the developer.

Located approximately 17 kilometres from the city centre, between the two key nodes of Pinetown and uMhlanga Ridge, this development forms part of the City’s plan to integrate key transport, business and social services nodes and corridors within the PINK area. It serves to establish a more effective and sustainable platform for residents to gain access to social and economic services and opportunities in the wider urban region, as well as, to provide a commercially viable catalyst for local economic development and social upliftment.

With a total private sector investment estimated at R6 billion and a further R2 billion from government, the project is expected to create 8 000 jobs on site and generate a rates income of R62 million per annum for the City with an expectant population of over 800 000 people.

In addition of new and upgraded infrastructure in the PINK area, the R20bn Go!Durban/ IPTN is significant to activating the precinct’s connectivity. Other key transport and road infrastructure projects include road upgrades, the Bhejane Road Extension to link MR93/M25 into KwaMashu, MR93/M25 Interchange, new rail line and station and a taxi/bus/car inter-modal facility. The transport node capacity is projected to cater for 100 000 plus commuters per day with 40 000 passengers per peak periods.

The precinct offers fully-serviced, platformed and transfer-ready sites in a mixed-use town centre catering for commercial, residential, retail and office space development. The City encourages developers and investors to take advantage of the City’s current development administration fees relief and enhanced development incentives to claim the limited sites currently available for sale within the 56-hectare precinct.

The following sites are available currently:
  • Three business park sites on the lower platform also known as the Business Estate which permit light industrial and warehousing uses. These sites range in size from 5 000m2 to 7 280m2;
  • The Town Centre on the upper platform has nine sites available, providing opportunities for social/affordable housing, as well as commercial retail and office development and;
  • One petrol filling station site.
Tongaat Hulett are responsible for the sales and planning of sites and enquiries can be directed to Karen Petersen on email Karen.Petersen@tongaat.com or property.enquiries@tongaat.com.
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