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Urban Dynamics Gauteng Inc. is proud to announce that it is part of a team of consultants appointed to realise a bold and visionary mixed use estate development at River Glen, north of Fourways. The development covers approximately 700 Ha of land. It is situated immediately to the north of Dainfern Estate, East of Chartwell North and west of William Nicol Drive between William Nicol Drive and Cedar Road.

The total project has a capacity of some 11 000 residential units with the full spectrum of supportive land uses to establish a secure and balanced lifestyle. The existing project is not only unique due to its sheer size, but the impressive contribution that it will make towards regional bulk services upgrading to provincial and metropolitan roads, municipal sewers and bulk water supply. These bulk upgradings will help to unlock services for many other developments in the sub-region including Diepsloot East, Tanganani, Riversands and the City of Joburg’s own Ga Noka (Diepsloot Ext 8) development on the Northern Metro Farm.

The project includes a championship Golf Course (currently in construction), some 260 Ha of landscaped parkland incorporating pedestrian routes and bridle trails, and a mix of supportive uses including two private schools, office developments, convenience shopping, a retirement village and a private hospital.

Urban Dynamics Gauteng Inc. assisted the developer, Steyn City Properties (Pty) Ltd with the Town Planning Master Plan and will shortly conclude the township establishment for the “Rietvallei” portion also known as Riverside View Extension 9.

http://www.urbandynamics.co.za/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=44
 

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I hope they are building another highway around there because traffic is already a nightmare, adding another 11000 units of housing is going to kill it. I keep hearing that they want to build another freeway from midrand to fourways but nothing is happening as yet?
 

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There’s an unfortunate irony in our society’s fondness for walled off communities. By trying to protect ourselves from the world outside, we’re disconnecting from it. As quickly as we’re forming our isolated, protected neighbourhoods, we are forgetting what real community is about – interaction, integration, harmony and the appreciation of the world around us.

But what if there is a place that remembers the true meaning of community? A world where rush hour doesn’t exist, where children play in the streets and nature knocks on your door? A city where you can reconnect with a lifestyle that you thought was lost?

Welcome to Steyn City. A city designed to keep you connected to the place you live and those you share it with. Where the quality of open, public spaces is every bit as important as your home. Where the liberation of walking brings back the security stolen by the isolation of driving. And vibrancy and tranquillity have equal importance

Inspired by the cities of old, Steyn City is built to encourage the relationship that exists between a city and its inhabitants. Central to this are our public parks. From London to New York, parks are an essential part of city life. Not just as a place to gather but as a place to relax and recoup. Beyond our parks, all public spaces are designed to encourage walking over driving, observing over just passing through and participation over staying locked behind your front door.
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massive centre topped out, road being widened (but in classic South Africa style only for s section then back to single lane). a bit like the craziest road in South Africa Rivonia road that for 20 years has bee 2 lans except for like 500m thats single lane???????

Styen City seems to be in the right path with some interesting architecture but traffic is 10000% fucked out that way
 

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President Steyn city?
 

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President Steyn city?
Could it be Douw Steyn perhaps?

This project reminds me a bit of a photo...

[SOURCE: Sao Paulo, Favela de Paraisopolis, photo Tuca Vieira, courtesy Urban Age, London School of Economics, www.urban-age.net]

...except in this case we're hiding our unnecessary abundance from tin shanty Diepsloot next door behind trees and a golf course. Either way, this kind of faux expat community does NOTHING to build community in JHB.
 

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I hope they are widening William Nicol to 6 lane (3 each way) all the way to the N14 or else..........
 

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Douw Steyn City

Telesure (Auto and General, First for Women, Budget Insurance, Dial Direct, Hippo etc) are moving their head office there. Of which Douw Steyn still owns 90%+

As much as I like densitity and hence hate these type of developments (that just spreads everything) you have to admire the coneptual simplicity i.e. developing on a grand scale and then providing a massive "ancor tenant" being effecitvely "yourself" with a few thousand employees.

This is the building you can already see from William Nicol (They have already started to occupy in traches).

ps: Employees will all receive an annual increase of R9000 per annum TCTC to facilitate the move to their new offices.
 

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ps: Employees will all receive an annual increase of R9000 per annum TCTC to facilitate the move to their new offices.
R750 a month for uprooting you and your children? Hmm...

Still strikes me as one of those over-the-top projects that only serves to prop up someone's grandiose ideas about himself. But hey, maybe it'll afford the Diepsloot community real opportunities for jobs (and I'm not talking maids, gardeners or even call centre operators - jobs where people earn enough to study further and/or pay for their children to do the same).
 

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R750 a month for uprooting you and your children? Hmm...

Still strikes me as one of those over-the-top projects that only serves to prop up someone's grandiose ideas about himself. But hey, maybe it'll afford the Diepsloot community real opportunities for jobs (and I'm not talking maids, gardeners or even call centre operators - jobs where people earn enough to study further and/or pay for their children to do the same).
What else can people in Diepsloot do if you don't send them to school except Garden boy, maids, call centre. You can blame the ANC for that one. They didn't even have schools there until recently and everyone has to do the long walk to freedom to get to Fourways from Diepsloot, why there is no public transport like buses for these people amazes me. :eek:hno:
 

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Insurance magnate to launch R6bn Steyn City development in Johannesburg
Monday, 27 May 2013 09:21

Douw Steyn, one of South Africa’s most flamboyant tycoons, is set to launch his own “private city” next year, the biggest development to hit Johannesburg in years.

Plans for the development known as Mr Steyn City, which will cost a whopping R6bn even before the first homes are built, are being kept under wraps.

The development — which will squat neatly between the affluent Dainfern and the poverty-stricken township of Diepsloot in northern Johannesburg — was planned in 2008.

Mr Steyn, who owns the ultra-luxurious Saxon hotel in Johannesburg and started Auto & General insurance, moved to the UK in 1992 to start insurance group Budget.

He has since become the 158th-richest person in Britain with a personal wealth north of R8bn.

Steyn City will be his biggest investment in South Africa.

From the outside, the Steyn City site looks like the local version of the Great Wall of China, with brick walls curving around the sprawling 900ha development under signs advertising "1,000 acres of Woodlands — just one of the reasons you will breathe easy".

Mr Steyn's estate will be nearly five times the size of Monaco, the world's second-smallest country after the Vatican.

A top developer said 900ha was bigger than Sandton and certainly dwarfed Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront at about 35ha.

Dainfern is set on 302ha on the Jukskei River and has 1,200 homes.

A manicured estate, it will offer a "crime-free, grime-free" option mainly for the rich with shopping centres, office parks, medical facilities, two private schools and a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

A wooded parkland will account for half the estate, and about 11,000 residential units will be built around that.

There will be a 70km track for off-road cycling on the estate and a 42km route for runners.

Though Business Times snuck into the development this month, those involved in building there are bound by watertight confidentiality agreements gagging them from discussing the project.

The site is cordoned off as an army of developers builds bridges, roads and a city centre.

The land was bought by Giuseppe Plumari, the CEO of Steyn City Properties.

It was earmarked for industrial development, which prompted Mr Steyn to buy the remaining tracts, making up the site today, and build a city.

When contacted, Mr Plumari said the idea of the "lifestyle estate" was that Steyn City would be "built and designed for people", rather than vehicles.

"One of the biggest barriers to our lifestyles of old, where children grew up playing on suburban streets, is the motor vehicle.

"Steyn City's network of pedestrianised pathways and cycle tracks will thread their way through the estate, linking all residential dwellings with the numerous parks and dense woodland," said Mr Plumari.

At the heart of it lies Palazzo Steyn — a private residence for Mr Steyn, which is rumoured to have cost more than R150m.

It has been reported that Mr Steyn's house has a garage for 33 cars, a wine cellar, seven bedroom suites, and is situated above a man-made lake.

When Business Times visited, the house appeared almost complete, flanked by a fountain which works.

Though Mr Steyn is fabulously wealthy, it's not clear where the R6bn will come from, but there are private funders.

One property developer not involved in the estate said the funders could expect to make a healthy investment return — especially if the funding came from big life companies like Liberty and Old Mutual, rather than the banks, as their cost of capital is lower.

But he said Mr Steyn could also be financing the development with dividends he gets from his companies.

"For a normal developer to fund this is almost impossible. But because of the companies he controls, he's got a very good cost of capital," he said.

Mr Steyn must have a huge database of potential buyers through various businesses.

And the location is probably for people who want to get out of the hectic parts of the city as Johannesburg, Pretoria and Centurion encroach closer to one another, said the developer.

Source: eProp
 

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disgusting. Especially with his faux-Italian palace in the middle of it all. YUCK. Who-ever lives in this wind-swept piece of shite deserves to be stuck in traffic 24/7.
 

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Give the guy some credit. He's actually upgrading william nicol dr into an 8-lane highway and he's building an interchange. He could turn this into his own Orania for all I care, at least he's giving back....
 

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Give the guy some credit. He's actually upgrading william nicol dr into an 8-lane highway and he's building an interchange. He could turn this into his own Orania for all I care, at least he's giving back....
Developments like these continue to serve towards greater societal polarization. And Palzzo Steyn in the middle of it all at R150million. Blegh. It is not sustainable. R6 billion could have done heaps if spent in another way.

Another gholf course. Another traffic jam. Another fake fountain. Another Tuscan Villa. And yet another private school and a strip mall. Disgusting.
 

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yip lets stop all private investment and its consequential rates base, massive bulk services upgrade ,employment and direct and indirect spend in order to have a utopian text book view of the world. On top of that add your socialist view that private individuals are not allowed to do with their money what they want and off course all this foreign investment is nor welcome. Yip golf courses are so yesterday and why would anyone want to have parklands and recreational green facilities anyway, as for private schools yes sir lets all pretend the government can deal with education .
you okes live in la la land and not in the real world. Whilst i personally hate the faux tuscan style i don't give a shit when it creates economic activity, delivers services and facilities that government cant (roads, schools, recreational facilities, homes, employment) and shows progress
 

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i dont agree with all jakes says, but where is the integrated planning? where does this fit into the plan for the region? plans need to fit into a broader network befor ebeing developed. this, on the surface seems as if it will do nothing for the urban realm. it is a walled off mega community that leads to more urban sprawl, more transportation woes and massive long term costs for the provincial government as resources and infrastructure are spread over a further area less densely.

proper central planning needs to take place before handing out approvals and that doesnt seem to happen at in Gauteng (going on this, the other sprawl and the way buildings are allowed to develop in Sandton in a closed off non engaging way with the urban fabric.

This is the total opposite of what is being done by a private developer at Cornubia but on the same scale. more closed off spaces like this disappoint me.
 
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