Hlanganani Gardens - Redefining City Living

On the outskirts of Kya Sand, north west of Johannesburg, is Hlanganani Gardens - Johannesburg Housing Company’s innovative social housing development in Cosmo City which opened for tenancy in October 2009. JHC is internationally known as a pioneer of inner city regeneration and striding out from the city for the first time in its fifteen years of existence is certainly a milestone. Hlanganani Gardens, meaning “people come together” in Zulu, comprise of two and three storey walk-up buildings with one, two and three bedroom units ranging from 36 to 58 square meters. The assortment of units accommodates housing needs for various income groups. Amenities on site include a scenic garden and sufficient parking. The two are located a safe distance apart, with the garden centred within the buildings to serve as a safe outdoor play area for children while parking is situated on the entry side of the building. The development is constructed in face brick to minimize maintenance costs. Other than the provision of 24 hour manned security, cleaning and gardening services, tenants are attracted to JHC for the community development programmes offered by Makhulong A Matala Community Development Services, a subsidiary of JHC. Architectural considerations for driving these community developments include a learning centre which function as an after school homework centre for children as well as a community hall. Conveniently located just off Malibongwe Drive, Hlanganani is within proximity to employment and leisure hubs in northern Johannesburg including major highways and taxi ranks for ease of access to the city. With high rate urbanisation causing concentrated need for housing, Hlanganani provides an attractive housing alternative. END