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Inner-city home to new fibre of folks

By Anna Cox
Another 200 social housing units - the last phase of the R121-million Brickfields project - are nearing completion and will further contribute to the already burgeoning Newtown.

Phumulani, constructed by the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC), will bring a further influx of people into the inner- city, speeding up its revival.

The R32-million development is due for completion this month.

Dombolo Masilela, the marketing communications manager of the JHC, said the development would further enhance the Newtown area.

It has been Jozi's year

By Anish Abraham

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It was the year in which the Johannesburg inner city revival really gathered pace: in 2005 local and provincial government and the private sector got involved in efforts to bring back the CBD's glory days.

The task was made a little easier when the national Treasury declared much of Joburg's inner city the country's largest Urban Development Zone (UDZ). This entitles building owners who refurbish their properties to a tax incentive.

Inner city regeneration overview for 2005

By Neil Fraser

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It has been a mixed year of good progress in most quarters - there has been little or no progress in some but with the promise for good (and possibly bad) to come in 2006.

This is a good time to reflect on the progress of inner city regeneration over the past year, so this, the last Citichat of 2005, looks briefly at how far we have come. We do so by examining a mixture of precincts and sectors.

Constitution Hill

A decade of housing Joburgers

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By Lucky Sindane

The Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) is 10 years old, celebrating its birthday at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein last week.

The board, staff members and children from JHC buildings, who entertained the guests with music, attended the party.

Over the past 10 years JHC's board, staff, tenants, consultants, contractors and service providers have built 2 403 homes in 21 buildings, adding 8 percent to residential stock in the inner city. Some 8 000 men, women and children now call a JHC building their "home".