A massive development in the heart of Kwazakhele Township, to house tourism, civic and commercial facilities, is set to transform the area.
Nelson Mandela Bay municipality said construction of the Njoli Square Precinct, at a cost of R276m, would begin once the removal of the remaining property owners had been completed.
“Immediate action is required to construct 11 alternative houses and relocate 21 backyard dwellers,” said infrastructure and energy committee chairperson Andile Mfunda, who is negotiating with the remaining property owners to finalise compensation for their properties.
The concept entails transformation of the existing Njoli Square, with the introduction of a large traffic circle with various civic, public transport, formal and informal commercial and tourism facilities in a dome-shaped building inside the traffic circle.
A structural design to be presented to council shows a huge, two-floor structure with a range of municipal, social and civic-related functions. “A hundred and fifty informal traders will be housed in world-class trading facilities,” Mfunda said.
He said the beneficiaries of the project would be businesses around Njoli Square “who will benefit from increased and improved trading conditions and the public transport operators, who will have new facilities to operate from”. The square is also be used as a taxi rank for long-distance and local minibus taxis to service about 10000 passengers.
The first group of the 49 property owners in the vicinity of Njoli were relocated a few years ago to a nearby government housing development.
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