An all-weather, aesthetically pleasant transport facility, within easy reach of many public amenities, including the Stretford train station, municipal offices, police station, clinic and library, is at an advanced level of construction for residents of the sprawling southern Johannesburg township of Drieziek. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the City of Johannesburg Transport Department, has been implementing the Drieziek transport facility – a public transport facility, which will go a long way to benefit the communities who are primarily depending on public transport totravel. Member of Mayoral Committee for Transport, Cllr Helen Makhuba said: “The Drieziek transport facility is a dense, but easy-to-use facility that is functional, sustainable and durable. The site is located at the corner of Milife Street, a location where the transport facility will reduce commuters’ travel time, due to the centrality of its location, and most importantly improve safety for commuters”.
At 95% completion, the new, modern facility already stands out as a new innovative public transportinfrastructure from a design perspective. It will see the residents of Ward 4 and Ward 5 board taxissafely at the facility which boasts a public square, toilets and parking as well.“The City of Johannesburg’s development programme for Drieziek intends to establish the area asa socially, economically and environmentally sustainable human settlement that is spatiallyintegrated into the city, with access to basic services and opportunities for social mobility andeconomic development”, said MMC for Development Planning, Cllr Thapelo Amad.Drieziek is located in Orange Farm in Region G, approximately 40km from Johannesburg CBD, withcommunities primarily depending on public transport to travel to places of work, education andpublic amenities.The transport facility will include 37 holding bays, 10 wash bays, private car parking, 22 trader stalls,ablution facilities (male, female and disabled), and a public square for traders, including a sittingarea, once opened.The traders’ stalls are designed to accommodate informal traders who sell wet and dry goods,respectively. The integration between the square and stalls will be through paved and coveredwalkways, creating a seamless, unobstructed pedestrian flow. Access from the surrounding areaswill be possible on clearly marked crossings.
The following scope of works for the construction of the facility have been successfully completedto date:• Earthworks and layerworks• Interlocking paving• Asphalt surfacing on external road• Kerbing• Underground stormwater pipes• Stormwater attenuation pond• New internal sewer pipes connected to the existing• New domestic and fire water storage tank• New internal water reticulation pipes to connect to water tank• Electrical reticulation network and lighting• Trader stallsThe structural steel roof canopy, a critical item that had been delayed due to shortage in South Africa, mainly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be placed on a curved roof that symbolisesthe organic movement of the public transport industry. The structural roof will provide cover fromnatural elements, such as the sun and rain for commuters, and other users of the facility.Once completed, the Drieziek transport facility will supplement the various developments that havetaken place in the area so far, such as the construction of the Drieziek Multipurpose Centre, whichwill include a much needed community hall and library.
EndsIssued by: Johannesburg Development AgencySusan MonyaiEmail:email@example.com
(This is published on behalf of the JDA.)