The Lenasia CBD needs R75 million to revamp its taxi rank and other facilities. This is according to the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA).
JDA spokesperson Sherylee Moonsamy said the CBD’s development has been neglected for many years, yet it can be a catalytic point for residents because itqualifies for an environmental upgrade project.
“Lenasia CBD should be a strategic economic node in the City of Johannesburg and a mechanism sample for Region G.Many community members cannot make it to Johannesburg CBD or Sandon, hence Lenasia CBD can be used for jobs and basic needs for them. Upgrading Lenasia will make it a catalyst for other programmes because it is an area that was built by communities. Government’s intervention was minimal and we should start there”, said Moonsamy.
City of Johannesburg Development and Planning MMC Abu Thapelo said different stakeholders held a meeting on Wednesday discussing the upgrade. However, there has not been accurate consultation with Lenasia community members about the project.
“Lenasia CBD upgrade project has been on the pipeline since 2019. It has remained unprocessed until recently when National Treasury approved budget for regeneration initiative”, said Thapelo.
Lenasia Business Forum member Yusuf Bhamjee said there are many disagreements concerning the regeneration project. He said they got a precinct plan for redevelopment of the CBD, which they will use when upgrading.
“Lenasia Public Transport facility should not be renovated before other facilities. There should be a plan of relocating taxis, hawkers, informal relocations, Lenz station and commuters. In order to avoid projects being put on hold, there should be preparations for the developments”, said Bhamjee.