Sedibeng GDS2

Flagship Projects

GDS2 sets out numerous and multifarious ideas around broad direction, focused action and possible projects that need to be taken up by the municipality, the private sector, and civil society. Together those ideas, will guarantee a successful Vision 2030. GDS 2 is not a portfolio of projects that belong better in a municipal IDP or a public private partnership (PPP). GDS2 believes that delivery of such projects is necessary to the successful completion of a GDS in the long term. GDS 2 selects from these ideas the following 8 interventions, that it believes, taken together, will get make and enormous change to the face of Sedibeng. They all require a big push from a broad range of stakeholders. Naming them as GDS2 flagship projects will hopefully provide impetus to delivery over the next phase.

The GDS 2 flagship projects are:

Establishment of a Sedibeng DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Creation of a LOGISTICS HUB


Implementation of a RURAL DEVELOPMENT Programme


Implementation of an INTEGRATED TRANSPORT model

Implementing a comprehensive HERITAGE PROGRAMME


Expanding and enhancing CONNECTIVITY

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Flagship Project
Sedibeng Economic Development Agency

Description of Project: It is a municipal entity to that is established to initiate, coordinate, manage and implement economic development projects in Sedibeng.
Impact of Project: One Stop Shop for business and investment facilitation for Sedibeng, increase take up of incentives and opportunities that comes with investing in the area
Key Milestones: 1. Market Sedibeng as a pre-eminent destination of choice for Investment
2. Facilitate Investment for the Region
3. Brand and Profile strategic Catalytic Projects to unleash economic development for Sedibeng
4. Reducing Cost of doing business in Sedibeng and fast track development and re zoning application
5. Manage and maintain Strategic Partnerships with other spheres of Government and Private Sector/ Investors
Stakeholders 1. Investor Community- targeting pension funds and retirement industry
2. Target Government in other spheres and Parastatals
3. Private Sector
4. Local companies planning to grow and expand
5. Local Municipalities and neighbouring municipalities

The Sedibeng Economic Development Agency is going to be an Independent body with its own Accounting Authority (Board of Directors) and its own staff establishment to run its own affairs to achieve its mandate.

It is important to set up this Agency to coordinate economic development and to get effective partnership between Government, Business and Community to facilitate economic and Investment Growth.

The Agency will act as a One Stop shop for Investment and business or enterprise development in which all applications for development and re-zoning, assistance with administrative red tape and incentives.

Flagship Project
Vaal Freight and Logistic Hub

Description of Project:
This is a Special Economic Zone to facilitate inland port for freight and logistics and facilitate movement of goods from manufacturing and other sectors for domestic, national and International destination since Vaal is one of the largest industrial hubs in Southern Africa and its proximity to Gauteng markets and its excellent rail and road transport networks make it a natural location for a logistics hub.

The project seeks to designate certain infrastructure to support rail and road travel to and from Sedibeng to the domestic, national and International destination
Impact of Project: 1. Reduce congestion and traffic on the road to deliver goods on time
2. Reduce maintenance cost for road maintenance
3. Shift road to rail intermodal facilities to address major issues of lowering inland transport costs and improve track and trace capacities
4. Realize economic development potential of the area through warehousing facilities, efficient loading, off-loading and freight transfer handling
5. Improve ICT and Connectivity through data interchange, electronic trading and consignment tracking and tracing - Business Process Outsourcing growth
Key Milestones: 1. Establish a Special Economic Zone to attract investment into the designated AREA
2. Increase competitive and comparative advantage Sedibeng (Vaal) has in freight forwarding, transfer, handling and warehousing with ease of travelling
3. Direct link to Container depot- Vaal Container Depot
4. Create new Infrastructure suitable for handling export orientated production (Iron and Steel)
5. Revive rail mode for local heavy Engineering, Iron and Steel, and Metal industries for manufacturing
Stakeholders Universities, Private Sectors and Developers

Flagship Project
Comprehensive Rural Development Project:
Sedibeng Maize Triangle Project

Description of Project:
To provide technical and infrastructure as well as logistical support to small and emerging farmers and cooperative in Agriculture.
Impact of Project: - To directly address the problems of start up by small scale and emerging farmers;
- To provide food security and address of rural poverty and create jobs;
- To reduce the outflow of the rural poor into urban areas to seek alternative livelihoods;
- To avoid congestion into urban centres and create economic migrants thereby causing problems for urban development;
- To create sustainability in Agriculture and food security for all
- To create and improve infrastructure in rural communities to attract investments and economic development and job creation.
Key Milestones: 1. Sustainable Agricultural development
2. Improve production processes in the Agricultural sector
3. Increase agricultural productivity by improving our Fresh Produce Market and other small markets, private sector investment, physical infrastructure, human capital, demand driven research & extension services;
4. To come with our own regional integrated and comprehensive rural development strategy, to strengthen the linkages with other sector strategies/improve coordination/and set implementation priorities;
5. Create Jobs and sustainable livelihoods
6. Improve access to markets for rural/ Agricultural production
Stakeholders Inter-governmental departments;
Intra-governmental departments;
Non Governmental Organizations;
Religious Groups;
Trade Unions;
Organised Agricultural Groups;
Community Structures

Flagship Project
Agricultural Cooperatives

Description of Project:
Rural Development Pilot Project in Midvaal
Impact of Project: - To develop infra-structures in and around Vaal Marine/Bantu Bonke areas;
- To reduce the outflow of the rural poor into urban areas;
- To increase number of tunnels and create more job opportunities in an area;
- To change a mindset that thinks that rural development is all about agricultural development only
Key Milestones: - To formulate plans that will bring sustainable developments in the rural areas;
- To come with or support national/provincial fundamental structural reforms to ensure macroeconomic stability and improve market efficiency;
- To increase agricultural productivity by improvingour Fresh Produce Market and other small markets, private sector investment, physical infrastructure, human capital, demand driven research & extension services;
- To come with our own regional integrated and comprehensive rural development strategy, to strengthen the linkages with other sector strategies/improve coordination/and set implementation priorities;
- To reduce the rate of youth unemployment in our rural areas reducing household vulnerability to risk associated with climate and environmental change, as well as fluctuating market prices of agricultural products;
Stakeholders Inter-governmental departments;
Intra-governmental departments;
Non Governmental Organizations;
Religious Groups;
Trade Unions;
Organised Agricultural Groups;
Community Structures

Flagship Project
Establishment of a River City Metropolitan Municipality

Description of Project:
The project relates to the processes of disestablishment of the current municipalities within the Sedibeng region and establishment of a single tier form of local government
Impact of Project: The project will eliminate duplication, maximise efficiencies in service delivery and resource distribution and utilisation within the region by promoting:
- Spatial integration and social development of all;
- Equity, social justice and economic prosperity;
- Local democracy;
- Integrated affordable and efficient services and
- Consolidated local government
Key Milestones: - Management of Municipal Demarcation Board processes towards the establishment of theMetropolitan Municipality
- Establishment of a Multi-disciplinary Task Team to manage the transitional process
- Empowerment of IGR structures through legislation to enforce their decisions through Councils
- Management of decisions with potential impact on the region by a regional IGR structure e.g. Joint Political Management Teams' (PMT) Forum
- Conduct due processes for all municipal functions, e.g. ring fencing of all water and sanitation functions
- Place moratorium on internal restructuring processes rather encourage inter-municipal assistance and deployment of resources
- Facilitate inter-departmental, inter-municipal and discussion networks on metropolitan governance and integrated approach to service delivery
- Consolidation of Budgets
- Consolidation of Human Resources
- Placement of employees
- Consolidation of Assets
- Re-alignment of organisational structure to one
- Consolidation of Financial Management
- Standardisation of tariffs
- Standardisation of operational procedures
- Standardisation of policies, etc.
Stakeholders - Sedibeng District Municipality
- Emfuleni Local Municipality
- Midvaal Local Municipality
- Lesedi Local Municipality
- Municipal Demarcation Board
- Gauteng Department of Local Government & Housing
- National Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
- Local Communities
- Business
- Labour formations

Flagship Project
Fibre Optic Connectivity and Roll out

Description of Project:
Roll-out of fibre to all municipal offices, clinics and libraries including CCTV sites: To successful install, commission and maintain a fibre optic connectivity solution within Sedibeng District Municipality and its Locals.
Impact of Project: The installation of fibre in Sedibeng is being installed and is informed by the objectives that seek to create data connectivity to every municipal office, library, clinic and youth centres across the district. This will, amongst other things, lower the cost of doing business for vital economic players and increase economic participation by the broader society. In the long run, this will contribute towards reshaping the district's economy to be more inclusive and broad-based by opening up new opportunities for the marginalised communities. This strategy also takes into account being environmentally sensitive and can reduce Council's carbon footprint whilst at the same time ensuring economic growth and development.

- To provide connectivity to all of councils buildings to ensure access to systems and solutions to assist the citizens.
- To build the network infrastructure and information super-highway to encourage the development of an advanced workforce with better ICT silks.
- To enhance economic productivity through ICT infrastructure development in order to lower the cost of doing business and increase connectivity for companies especially SMMEs.
- To increase the ICT skills capacity within the public and the private sectors to create a pool of ICT practitioners and entrepreneurs.
- To improve service delivery by providing high quality ICT services through e-government.
- To build an economic and industrial sector with a focus on ICT.
- To ensure that innovation becomes part of the economic network in Gauteng Province in relation to ICT.
- To create employment in the ICT sector and the District.
- To create a safe and healthy environment for the citizens of the District
Key Milestones: - Link all Municipal offices
- Provide backbone for CCTV
- Extend network to education institutions
- Integrate telephony onto fibre network
- Increase ICT Skills
Stakeholders - Sedibeng District Municipality
- Emfuleni Local Municipality
- Lesedi Local Municipality
- Midvaal Local Municipality
- South African Police Services
- Department of Education
- Business Chambers
- Telkom
- Department of Health

Flagship Project
Heritage Commemorative Events

Description of Project:
Heritage Resources Preservation and Commemoration of Identified National, Provincial and Regional Events. SDM has initiated the Sharpeville Heritage Precinct Legacy Project including significant heritage related events to preserve, promote and commemorate our local history, to promote social cohesion and nation building as well as contributing to the economic development of our region.
Impact of Project: Preservation and promotion of Heritage Resources including Monuments, Museums, Plaques, Outdoor Art, Heritage trails/routes and other symbolic representations that create visible reminders of, and commemoration of our History.
Key Milestones: Commemoration of National Days:
Heritage, Human Rights, Signing of the S.A. Constitution, Signing of the Peace Treaty, Nangalenbe, Boipatong and other Vaal Massacres
Stakeholders - Sedibeng District Municipality
- Emfuleni Local Municipality
- Lesedi Local Municipality
- Midvaal Local Municipality
- National Dept of Arts and Culture
- Gauteng Department of SACR
- Deptartment of Justice & Constitutional Development
- Political Organisations
- NGO's & CBO's eg. Khulumane
- Human Rights Commission
- Arts & Culture Organisations
- S.A. History Archives
- S.A. Heritage Resources Agency

Flagship Project
Sedibeng Regional Sanitation Scheme

Description of Project:
This is high impact project that is critical to South Africa national as it directly impacts on the national GDP. The estimated budget for the total solution is R4billion. It is aimed at addressing the following problems
- Spillage of raw sewage into the Vaal river
- Discharge of non-compliant effluent into the Vaal River
- Negative environmental and health impact
- Restricting the potential of socio economic growth and it's an impediment to investment potential of the province
- The sanitation infrastructure within the Sedibeng Regional Municipality is old, resulting in high maintenance costs and frequent availability and performance failures
- The demand exceeds the design capacity of all Waste Water Treatment Works

The proposed solution is holistic in nature and broken down in 3 phases: short, medium and long term. These terms are phased to address the identified challenges as per their priorities.

The solution proposes the expansion of existing waste water treatment plants i.e. Sebokeng from 100Ml/day to 200Ml/day, Meyerton from about 10ml/day to 20Ml/day and construction of outfall sewers, mega pumps station and a new Waste water treatment plant with a capacity of 147Ml/day.

The objectives of the project are as follows:
- Deliver an effective solution that will eradicate the pollution into the Vaal River and its tributaries
- Create bulk sanitation infrastructure for the Southern Gauteng Region
- Institute interim measures to address immediate/emergency problems
- Facilitate local economic development and job creation
- Eradicate water &sanitation service delivery challenges, inhibiting both social & economic development in the region
- To create institutional capacity to provide water services sustainable in the Region
To create project management capacity to deliver the project successfully
(Governance, Procurement, IGR, Funding, expertise and systems)

Impact of Project: The impact of the project will be in two folds one at a national level the other provincially as follows:
- This project will have an impact on the Gross Domestic product (GDP) estimated at R3 Billion
- It is expected that it will create employment opportunities of 12757
- The other impacts extends to an increase to household income, education opportunities etc.
- This project will have an impact on the Gross Domestic product (GDP) estimated at R2 Billion
- It is expected that it will create employment opportunities of 8900
- The other impact extends to an increase to household income, education opportunities etc.
- The project will further unlock a number of developments i.e. Savannah city, low cost housing south of Johannesburg etc.
Key Milestones: There are a number of key milestone but they can be summarised as follows:
Short term
- Ensure effluent compliance with all plant
Medium Term - Capacity expansion for
- Sebokeng by 100Ml/day
- Meyerton 10Ml/day
- Bulk reticulation refurbishment
Long term - Construction of totally new infrastructure as follows:
- New waste water treatment Plant for 147ml/dal
- Linking outfall sewer
- Super Pumpstation
Stakeholders The stakeholders of this project are as follows:
- South Africans Nationally
- Gauteng Province
- Sedibeng Region (Emfuleni and Midvaal Locals)
- Department of Water Affairs
- National Treasury
- Provincial treasury
- Emfuleni and Midvaal Communities

Flagship Project
Alternative Energy Generation

Description of Project:
At a household level, the project is about the conversion of the solar energy (sunlight) into electricity for heating up of water for domestic use.
Impact of Project: In line with the Government drive to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel for the generation of electricity, that is the drive towards clean and green energy (electricity) production, the project will effectively cut out the need to use the current conventionally produced electricity for heating up water for household use. The project can easily be extended to cover the need for heating up water for office use, small business use, sport and recreation use, etc.
Key Milestones: Currently a district wide 3 year project is being rolled out to install Solar Water Geysers in the low to middle income households in the region. Also an Eskom run project to install 6000 Solar Water Geysers in the low income households of Emfuleni LM is underway. These were preceded by the installation of the Solar Water Geysers to 1500 households of Rustervaal and Kanana.
Stakeholders Sedibeng DM, Emfuleni, Midvaal, Lesedi LMs, GDLG&H, Eskom, Dept. Of Energy, the Business and Civic Organisations in the Sedibeng region.

Flagship Project
Implementation of the Transport Model such as the BRT

Description of Project:
The project looks into the feasibility of developing an long term integrated public transport plan that looks into the integration of modes of transport into the public transport system operating as a single seamless system.
Impact of Project: Integration of the current independently operating modes of public transport into an integrated public transport system.
Key Milestones: The project's feasibility will be dissected into phases, the Bus Rapid Transport, the Intercity (inter-municipal) Bus Transport, the Intercity (inter-municipal) Speed Train. Experiences and best practices will be sourced from the Johannesburg Metro and the GDRT. The feasibility of these projects is depended on the land use plan, the spatial development framework, and the local economic development plan. That is, the development of these plans must ensure that the framework and foundations are laid for the above integrated public transport system to be feasible.
Stakeholders Sedibeng DM, Emfuleni and Midvaal LM, Gauteng Province (DRT, DLG&H, Provincial Treasury, Economic Development, Infrastructure Development), Johannesburg Metro, Ekurhuleni Metro.

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