Savanna City was awarded the silver Infrastructure Development Award in the Sustainable Development category at the 2017 Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Awards. Savanna City, a housing development located 35km south of Johannesburg, is a joint venture between Housing Impact Fund South Africa (HIFSA) and Basil Read. HIFSA is managed by Old Mutual Alternative Investments’ Development Impact Funds team and finances the acquisition and construction of homes for sale and rent that are affordable to the lower and middle markets, as well as providing housing loans and rental accommodation for families and students.
This fully integrated town next to Orange Farm will deliver some 18 000 houses in six phases by 2026. Savanna City, which forms part of the Midvaal Municipality, is the largest housing development and the first integrated mega project in HIFSA’s greenfields portfolio.
The awards, held on 28 February 2107, were presented by the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. The annual ceremony is an opportunity for the Premier to recognise contributions made by civil servants, business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the civil society in improving the socio-economic growth and transformation of Gauteng. The nominees of the Infrastructure Development category were judged on whether they demonstrated a contribution to job creation, if they stimulated the economy by unlocking economic opportunities and addressed socio-economic needs, and if they helped to integrate human settlements and economic development.
Savanna City was launched in September 2013 and more than 90% of the current available stands have already been sold. Further plans for this development include 16 schools, 32 sites for clinics, churches and community centres, nine business and retail sites, three railway reserves, more than 100 public open spaces and seven conservation areas.
The shortlisted entries in this year’s awards were adjudicated by two representative teams of five non-partisan judges from government and civil society (labour, academia, NGOs and business sector).