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The project is located in the City’s Inner City and part of the Western Capital Precinct Development Programme. The Thembelihle Village Project, meaning ‘good hope’, will be located close to government departments, other places of work, shops, social amenities and public transport. The Thembelihle site is highly accessible due to its location along two mobility spines viz. Kgosi Mampuru Street/Sophie de Bruyn (north‐south linkage) and Struben Street/Johannes Ramokhoase (east‐west linkage).
The Belle Ombre plaza and transport hub is located approximately 500 meter north of the proposed development. Belle Ombre transport hub (Railway station, bus depot and taxi rank) serves as the northern gateway into the City and provide linkages to areas such as Mabopane, Soshanguve and Garankuwa. The hub caters for long distance bus and taxi commuters and the Metrorail connects with the Tshwane Ring Rail network which links with the eastern areas.
The brief required a socially inclusive village which includes mixed-uses such as retail, social amenities and housing that can serve as an example for urban innovation.
This vision is to create an urban village which is well-balanced in terms of commerce and amenities.
The project consists of eleven 4 storey walk-up blocks and six tower blocks of 10 to 11 storeys. The ground floors facing the streets will cater for retail space and services.
This 733 units social housing development, will deliver housing accommodation to more than 2000 people, with units consisting of bachelor, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.
Special care will be taken to improve the interface between on-site buildings and the public realm in terms of side-walks and streets. Urban design inputs will ensure a proper fit into the surrounding urban fabric.
On-site landscaping will include walkways, grassed areas with trees and shrubs. Provision will be made for on-site parking as well as picnic areas, swimming-pool and a skate board track.
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