A total of 480 housing units have been completed as part of the R75 million Riverside View RDP Multi-Storey Project, which has seen 15 four-storey buildings going up just south of Diepsloot in the Fourways area in Johannesburg. In fact, this is the first RDP housing project in Johannesburg comprised of four-storey buildings.
With 32 units per building, each Riverside View unit consists of two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen, a living room and one bathroom. The walls were skimmed and painted inside, and a bath, toilet, basin and stand-alone sink were installed. The units also have their own water meters, electrical prepaid meters and high-pressure solar geysers on the roofs.
The project was implemented by Raubex Building for developer Valumax.
“We work particularly closely with the community on these projects, as we need to implement a target of 60% locals in our workforce,” says Raubex contract manager, Jacques Vermaak. “This means engaging some inexperienced workers, and then guiding and training them through the whole project. We also employ a highly skilled community liaison officer to facilitate the resolution of any issues that may arise.”
He adds that a number of inspections were carried out during a lengthy procedure before a block of flats could be handed over to the client. “Quality control was an important aspect of this project, with the buildings’ quality and finishes being inspected regularly by engineers, the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), the City of Johannesburg, building inspectors and Valumax’s own quality control team.”
Vermaak highlights that the cooperation of all these role-players helped to ensure that the buildings maintained the highest level of quality inside and out, with the quality and finishing comparable to rental units.
Raubex Building is now working to complete approximately 400 more units this year. In total, Valumax’s mega-project at Riverside View will see over 9 600 residential units in this development, which is a real contribution to meeting the city’s ever-growing housing needs.
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Caption main image: The Riverside View RDP Multi-Storey Project is the first RDP housing project in Johannesburg comprised of four-storey buildings.
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