South African project sustainability rewarded
Zonk'izizwe (meaning 'all nations') Town Center transforms one of the last remaining vacant sites in its location, into a one-of-a-kind mixed-use destination. Situated midway between Johannesburg (the economic hub of Africa) and Pretoria (the capital of South Africa), it will be developed as a new town centre, connecting these two populous and fast- growing cities. Zonk'izizwe development is situated within the Gauteng region, which is responsible for approximately 35% of country's GDP and 10% of Africa and is central to the node that has shown an average annual growth of 12.8% since 1996. It is located adjacent to the Grand Central Airport, as well as a major national highway, and will also incorporate the new rapid rail link station.
The project is one of sixteen founding projects on six continents, which have been listed for support from the USGBC and Clinton Climate Initiative's Climate Positive Development Program which is awarded to projects demonstrating a compelling environmental and economic example for cities to follow.
The design, which embraces sustainable development and "green" building principles, sets a new standard for the future of eco-friendly South African developments. This flagship development aims to reduce vehicle-use by the careful placing of buildings to provide access to public transportation, bicycle paths, the lake and walking access to basic services, in order to minimize environmental impact. The shopping precinct, anchored by major retailers, will be in the heart of the new town centre and with its offering, will aim to serve the broader province and beyond. The development also responds to the government's call for densification, thereby arresting the urban spread that has increased congestion and made service delivery difficult for local government.
Brent Wiltshire, Executive for Property Development at Old Mutual Investment Group, Property Investments, said, "We are proud to be associated with the Clinton Climate Initiative and, with the support of City of Johannesburg, will provide leadership in creating sustainable urban developments in Africa and beyond. The vision for the Zonk'izizwe new town centre and the green initiatives and benchmarks that will be pioneered for this project will aim to meet the demands and expectations of future generations."