In South Africa cities and urban areas are growing rapidly as more people leave rural areas to become urbanised work seekers in a crowded urban environment. In many cases this has resulted in areas growing exponentially, as the needs of thousands of arrivals are catered for.
Unplanned development, congestion and commuters travelling long distances to work have become everyday features of life. The result in many urban areas has been the growth of urban sprawl – forecasts show that Johannesburg will have a population of 15 million by 2025.
The US$8billion city project Modderfontein in Johannesburg, South Africa is set to become a modern urban centre that includes all the functions of a city, such as finance, trade, logistics, commerce, technology, education, health care and housing.
The Town centre covers an area of approximately 240 ha, and will be combined with quality infrastructure and living facilities – integrating local culture, heritage and eco-friendly development.
Developed by Zendai, Modderfontein will become a city where commercial and societal needs are met in a manner which is beneficial to both.
The Master Plan allows for the development of 13 million m2 across all sectors – commercial, retail, warehousing, office, recreational, institutional and various accommodation offerings.
The project commenced in 2015 and it is estimated that it will be completed in 15-20 years.
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