The Greater Lanseria Master Plan, which is an ambitious development of Gauteng’s West Rand, is open for public comment.
The Smart City aims to accommodate up to 500,000 residents by 2030 and is a radical approach to urban development in South Africa.
Renewable energy, an emphasis on non-motorised transport and city-wide CCTV systems
using facial recognition technology are all features of this new master plan.
sewerage, roads, stormwater and electricity infrastructure need to be addressed.
with newly integrated public transport systems connecting residential zones and industrial hubs.
Lanseria Smart City looks to redefine urban planning. With the Greater Lanseria Master Plan published for public comment,
South Africans have been afforded a glimpse into this city of the future.
The Smart City concept is built upon five primary principles.
The development needs to be compact,
with mixed activities available within a five to ten minute walk,
thereby reducing the need to commute. This includes easy access to new schools, shopping centres, hospitals and clinics.
Greater distances will be serviced by an integrated and accessible public transport system,
which proposes a grid pattern road network, extending the Gautrain and Bus Rapid
Transit System (BRT) to include stops at 500 metre intervals in the development precinct.
which will serve as a major logistical vein, connecting the new city with Centurion to
the north east and the central M5 interchange linking Johannesburg and the North West province.
The Greater Lanseria Master Plan – or GLMP – focuses extensively on sustainability,
with proposals for power generation including waste-to-energy, micro-hydro, solar and biogas.
All residential and commercial buildings will need to have a Green Star rating of between four and five.
Urban farming, like rooftop gardens and public grow spaces, will be encouraged.
Information and communications technology infrastructure (ICT) underpins the concept of a Smart City.
The GLMP proposes all-inclusive 5G connectivity, which will offer fast internet to all residents and businesses.
the nearest ATM, pay a fine, track a parcel, or identify a problem, like illegal dumping or water leaks.
“There will be no ‘eye-candy’ of glitzy, soaring towers of chrome and glass architectural expression,”
states the GLMP, penned by GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, in explaining what you won’t see in the Lanseria Smart City.
“There will be no reference gimmickry around localised aspects of energy capture,
efficiency or generation or isolated examples of low-carbon footprint movement systems
development, the major – and most expensive –
hurdles which lay ahead include the laying of basic infrastructure.
To accommodate this new city and its residents,
existing sewerage and water systems need to be overhauled and expanded. The availability of bulk engineering services –
The GLMP spans across three municipalities in Gauteng – Mogale City,
City of Johannesburg and City of Tshwane – and Madibeng in the North West Province