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Boosting Soweto's future

By Penwell Dlamini | Apr 02, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

THE past week saw the unveiling of a multi-billion rand investment in Soweto that is expected to create jobs and stimulate economic development in the country's biggest township.

On Tuesday a roof-wetting party was hosted for the Protea Glen Mall, built by the Masingita Group of companies at a cost of more than R380-million.

More than 700 jobs were created during the construction phase and 1500 permanent jobs will be created when the mall is officially opened in September.

During the event Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane announced that her government would soon open a state-of-the-art theatre at the old Jabulani Amphitheatre in Soweto.

Mokonyane said the government had committed itself to revitalising Soweto and investing in the township's economy.

On Friday Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale launched the R487-million, newly constructed Jabulani Community Residential Units (CRU) housing project in Soweto.

This project will see 1919 units completed over the next few years.

Motlanthe then officially opened Toyota and Volkswagen dealerships in Orlando West, a development that created 90 new jobs.

"Today's opening of these dealerships not only mark another milestone for the Maponya Group and indeed the people of Soweto, but also tells the moving story of the tenacity of the human spirit to refuse to give in to impediments subjectively imposed on human life," Motlanthe said.

Legendary Soweto businessman Richard Maponya said the opening of the two dealerships was a dream come true.

"At last it is indeed happening and I am grateful for this day, which you are celebrating with us this afternoon," Maponya said.

He thanked the management of VW and Toyota for believing in his dream and committing to "stay in Soweto permanently".


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Soweto this Soweto that what about other townships around.

Apr 02, 2012 8:22 | 0 replies

awhoa!!!! Mamelodi they will have to hire thousands and thousands of securities - tsotsis in Mamelodi don't want to see any VW

Apr 04, 2012 11:46 | 0 replies

M banned from commenting again NXAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Apr 02, 2012 3:7 | 0 replies

Soweto is now the only township in Gauteng or South Africa.

Apr 02, 2012 1:55 | 0 replies

Tlogela mona ...Soweto rocks !!

Apr 02, 2012 12:58 | 0 replies

The problem is that LIFE might be very expensive in Soweto

Nxa!! Monday!!

Apr 02, 2012 11:50 | 0 replies

Soweto this Soweto that what about other townships around.
What about them? Soweto is where rich history(political) of South Africa come from. Everything must start there.

The problem is that live might be very expensive in Soweto. My fear is that they might even privatize it.

Apr 02, 2012 11:48 | 0 replies

Check out the proprtied Price in soweto ,it is more expensive than before even old 4 room houses build by aparthiend government are @R300.000.
My parenst still stay there but life is now becoming expesive in Soweto (rates and taxes)

Apr 02, 2012 11:28 | 0 replies

Kwaal yamajita, we all know Kasi is Kasi bcos of Soweto, I dont even reside de no more, but dez no place like it. Where U can get anything as long as U knw wher 2go

Apr 02, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

Check out the proprtied Price in soweto ,it is more expensive than before even old 4 room houses build by aparthiend government are @R300.000.

Apr 02, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

Focusing on one township as if GP is only made of SOWETO.. NXA

Apr 02, 2012 10:2 | 0 replies