One of Joburg’s oldest suburbs is getting a R240m makeover – including an urban farm

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Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Phalatse has said one of the city’s oldest suburbs is to undergo a R240million facelift, including a multi-purpose center and an urban farm.

The project is managed by the Johannesburg Development Agency, with the project manager noting that the appointment value for the first phase will be R35 million.

“Bertrams is one of our city’s oldest suburbs and will soon have a shiny new facility offering all of the city’s social development products and services to the people of Region F. The Competence Center has been serving the community for decades. many years, with sewing, cooking, baking, and early childhood development, among other offerings,” Phalatse said.

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The Executive Mayor, then acting in his capacity as MMC for Health and Social Development, had condemned the building in 2018, rendering the facility unoccupied since then.

The new center will include smart libraries, community halls and various community spaces for young and old. It will also include a bakery and the return of urban agriculture, the mayor said.

The project has been split into two phases, the first taking place after the ground is turned – at the end of last week – and focuses on demolition and earthworks.

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This is expected to last until the end of October 2022. The second phase is expected to start on November 1, 2022, with the entire R240 million project expected to be completed by June 30, 2023.


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