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The Development Planning Department of the City of Johannesburg hosted a series of public engagement sessions during the weeks of 13-25 February 2017. During these sessions, communities engaged with the City on the SDZ and provided written comments reflecting on what they liked; disliked and aspects they thought were overlooked/ not addressed in the project. The attached Executive Summary Report provides a brief overview of these sessions and the views expressed by the participants.

 The comments provided by participants were categorised in terms of the colour codes below:

  • GREEN: What do you like about the project? 
  • RED: What do you dislike about the project?
  • YELLOW: What has been overlooked/ not addressed in the project?

The project team is reflecting on the inputs received with the objective of refining the project to respond to the inputs.



Fast-Tracking Development in the Corridors of Freedom!


Revitalising established old areas of the City is one of the main objectives of the Corridors of Freedom. Introducing new high density housing, more social amenities and business opportunities, linked to public transport, will inject new life into well located areas of the City.

The ongoing efforts in realising the City’s “Corridors of Freedom” vision are now closer to reaching another milestone within the implementation phase. The City is in the process of establishing Special Development Zones to fast-track development applications within the Louis Botha and Empire Perth Development Corridors. The mechanism will serve as a catalyst for much needed urban development and renewal. Three neighbourhoods, each located along future and current BRT routes, and in close proximity to Johannesburg CBD have been identified for piloting the mechanism:

  1. Orange Grove Precinct
  2. Brixton Precinct
  3. Knowledge Precinct (Parts of Westdene and Auckland Park)

As a key stakeholder, you are invited to come and join us as we unpack this ground-breaking mechanism which promotes sustainable regeneration and renewal through economically feasible development models. 

NB: During exhibition times, members of the public are welcome to walk in to view the proposals and to submit their comments. Officials will be there to respond to questions. There won’t be any presentations.

For enquiries contact:


Linah Dube – 011 407 6876 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Mathinye – 011 407 6241or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.a


To view and download completed technical Studies (Traffic Impact Assessments, Engineering Services & Heritage Assessments) that inform the Urban Design Plans for the three pilot areas CLICK HERE