Riverfields in numbers

  • 07 December 2015

There are a lot of impressive numbers behind the Riverfields development.

There are a lot of impressive numbers behind the Riverfields development. Image courtesy of Paul Saad

In keeping with our vision of creating a sustainable urban node that facilities a thriving economy and community, these are some of the figures around the Riverfields development that convey the current and future impact:

  • By 2037 the Aerotropolis will be the number one employment node in the province and the Albertina Sisulu Development Corridor in fourth position (research conducted for the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport in 2013)
  • The Riverfields trade area consists of just over 200 000 households, with 75% of the population economically active (research conducted by DEMACON in 2013)
  • R68-billion economic benefit to be realised by Riverfields from phase 1
  • Riverfields will contribute R354-million in additional rates and taxes from phase 1
  • R1.1-billion – the cost of construction of external engineering services, such as new roads, sewer lines, water reticulation and electrical infrastructure, to Riverfields (most of which will be handed over to the municipality for the benefit of the wider community)
  • R80-million – the amount it cost to build the now-functional R21 underpass along the Albertina Sisulu and Witfontein 52 roads, to improve accessibility and ease of movement for motorists, commuters, pedestrians and cyclists to Riverfields
  • R2-billion already invested in infrastructure by Riverfields development
  • R38.4-billion – the estimated total annual operational expenditure of Riverfields (phase 1)
  • 160 000 employment opportunities will be created by Riverfields, both in the construction and operational phases
  • 20- to 30-year development timeline for the full development, which is also how long it will take to realise the Aerotropolis vision
  • 1 900 hectares of land will be developed as a mixed-use urban node (including residential areas, shopping centres and office parks) during phase 1
  • 1 000 residential units delivered to date
  • 24-hour guaranteed security and parking
  • The Riverfields wetland catchment area is approximately 55 741 hectares, derived from 5m contour lines (research by Imperata Consulting, 2011)
  • Riverfields’ most famous resident – the African grass owl – is included in the Red Data Book of Birds, and it is believed that there are only 5 000 individuals of the species in Southern Africa (research by Pachnoda Consulting, 2013)
  • 12 minutes – is how long it will take you to drive from Riverfields to OR Tambo International Airport
  • 6 minutes – is how long it will take you to walk from the Gautrain bus stop to Riverfields