As part of transforming the apartheid spatial plan, the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu together with the Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile launched the John Dube Village Mega City Project near Duduza in Ekurhuleni.

The John Dube Mega City Human Settlements Project is one of the 31 Gauteng integrated human settlements projects expected to yield over 500 000 housing units on completion. These projects are expected to be completed over ten year period. They involve all spheres of government (national, provincial and local) and private sector.

This follows the recent launch of the Daggafointein Mega Project which will yield over 16 000 housing units which include recreational facilities.

“This is one of the projects which cement our commitment to integrated human settlements. It reflects our community in diversity,” said Sisulu.

“We envisioned a truly transformed spatial plan and these projects are steps towards that direction,” added Sisulu.

Central to the implementation of the project is job creation. “We have instructed a developer to ensure that local community members are part and full beneficiaries of this project, they cannot be spectators,” said Sisulu.

Like all the integrated human settlements projects the John Dube Village Mega City will boast different housing mix which includes BNG houses, military veterans units, rental stock units, affordable bonded units and serviced sites.

The new township will also boast public facilities which include primary and secondary schools, hospital theme parks and university.

Minister Sisulu was accompanied by among others by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Ekurhuleni Mayor, Cllr Mzwandile Masina and MMC for human settlements, Cllr Lesiba Mpya.