Joburg to construct premier Afropolitan meeting placeBy Savious Kwinika
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – WORK is expected to start soon on the construction of the R1,3 billion Kgoro Gateway in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.
Upon completion, the facility, according to the City of Johannesburg, will be the foremost Afripolitan meeting place.
Kgoro Gateway will be a mixed-use precinct developed around a vibrant public square and will consist of a number of medium and high-rise buildings – ranging from six to 45 floors.
“The development is a public-private partnership and is set to become one of the most prestigious venues in South Africa,” said Alan Dinnie, Senior Manager: Development at the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC).
In addition to retail and office space, Kgoro Gateway will also incorporate residential and hotel development as well as a new contemporary art museum and gallery.
The existing public library will be retained.
The design of the line shops on Rivonia Road and West Street has been completed and contracts awarded to fit-out the shops.
Dinnie said the new Sandton taxi rank on the ground floor of the Gautrain station accommodated 89 vehicles and has a nine-lane routing system.
The rank now forms part of an integrated transport facility, known as the Public Transport Interchange (PTI), which caters for the Gautrain, metered taxis and minibus taxis.
Dinnie said the PTI provides an ideal landing point for visitors to the City and daily commuters and also enables them to switch seamlessly between various modes of public transport.
He said the relocation of the rank was completed following a complex process of negotiations between various stakeholders including the City, the Gauteng government, taxi associations and trade representatives.
Dinnie said the JPC facilitated the planning and development of the project that was constructed at an estimated cost of R100-million.
– CAJ News
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