Things have started to change for the people of Montrose, as the Gauteng government is preparing to pump billions of rands into the Montrose mega city project, in Rand West Municipality, Randfontein.
Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile said that in 2016 he was called from Parliament by the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura to come back and support the vision of turning the province into a proper Gauteng City Region.
“We are supporting the Premier’s vision on doing away with spatial planning and small scale developments into Mega Cities Projects. These projects will yield not less than 10 000 units upon completion” said Mashatile
The MEC who was accompanied by the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura said when government is building houses, it also take cognisance of the fact that people must be able to work in and around the place where they stay. He said the pre and post project should create job opportunities for the locals.
“The people of Montrose will be staying in their own new city with all the amenities like government precinct. People should not travel to Randfontein to get government services. This project will yield more than 13 000 units upon completion which will include social housing, bonded houses, RDP walk-ups and military veteran’s houses” said Mashatile.
Speaking at the launch, the Premier said he is happy to come back to a Municipality where he delivered the first ever State of the Province since the dawn of democracy.
“This is a proof that we have not forgotten the people of Randfontein and the surrounding areas. We are here to launch the Montrose Mega City project. We are distorting the notion that government has forgotten the people of Rand West Municipality.” said Makhura
The Premier said that Rand West Municipality will have five Mega projects out of 31. The next projects to be launched is Western Mega and Dan Ntlhome projects with a yield of 15 000 – 20 000 units each upon completion.
“Gauteng government will spend R11 billion on developing Montrose Mega project. Our people should not wait forever for their houses. This development will include schools, clinics, churches, commercial developments, urban agriculture et cetera” said Makhura.
The Premier added that the government intends to revitalise the Rand West municipality economy which suffered a lot when the mines and business closed down together. He said the material to build the Montrose project should come from business people within the area.
The Premier further said that since 1996, the Gauteng government has built 1, 2 million houses, but there is still a back log of 600 000. He urged the community of Montrose and surrounding areas not to sell the houses after benefiting.