Riverfields at the heart of a 30-year, multibillion-rand aerotropolis plan

  • 16 January 2018

There are exciting developments in Ekurhuleni. The City of Ekurhuleni has given the go-ahead for a 30-year plan that aims to create an aerotropolis – the first in Africa. What is an aerotropolis you may ask? Taking advantage of the appeal that OR Tambo International Airport has, the aim is to create a metropolitan subregion centred around the airport, with the airport forming the commercial core of a multimodal “airport city”.

The 30-year plan will see developments in several sectors, including manufacturing, retail, logistics, health and, of course, aerospace. The developments are expected to generate an estimated R8.1-billion per year for the region. The developments will also help tackle the unemployment rate in the region and bring about general socio-economic growth.

OR Tambo International Airport. Image: Paul Saad

Says Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina: “The City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng provincial government and the Airports Company South Africa have embarked on the development of Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis. This programme is a deliberate growth trajectory that aims to reposition and enhance the value proposition of the Gauteng City Region, with particular emphasis on the Ekurhuleni regional economy as the footprint of the first aerotropolis on the African continent.”

To add to this great development news, Boksburg is being punted as a possible site for a new university. This would be a great addition to this three-decade-long plan to improve the city’s (and Gauteng’s) standing and economic prospects.

The future certainly looks good for Ekurhuleni, and Riverfields, which is less than 10km from OR Tambo International Airport, is perfectly located to form an integral part of the aerotropolis vision.