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Mayor Mashaba praised Motsumi and his business partners for initiating the project, which has created 2 000 jobs, particularly for locals. He said the project fitted in well with his administration's urban regeneration vision in key urban nodes such as Alexandra.

 

The new multimillion-rand Alex Mall opened its doors to shoppers for the first time on Thursday, March 30. The R450-million state-of-the art mall – which houses some of the country's leading food and clothing retailers, banks and fast food outlets – was officially opened by Johannesburg Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba on Wednesday March 29.

Mayor Mashaba, who was accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development Cllr Sharon Peetz, said the opening of the 30 000sqm, 100-shop mall marked an important step in the redevelopment of the iconic Alexandra Township and in the contribution to the achievement of one of the new City administration's Nine Key Priorities – growing Johannesburg's economy by 5% and reducing unemployment by 6% by 2021.

Located on the Far East Bank, the mall is the brainchild of Mpho Motsumi, President of the Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce and the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC), the City of Johannesburg's property management entity.

The chamber bought the land on which the mall has been developed from the City for R11-million. Construction started in October 2015. During this phase 400 jobs were created.

Mayor Mashaba praised Motsumi and his business partners for initiating the project, which has created 2 000 jobs, particularly for locals. He said the project fitted in well with his administration's urban regeneration vision in key urban nodes such as Alexandra.

"This is a historic moment for Alex residents and the City of Johannesburg. This is the kind of development we'd like to see happening. We're facing major challenges with the slowdown of economic growth in the country. With one in three people without jobs, unemployment is a big challenge as a result," he said.

He said it was disappointing that 23 years after the advent of democracy, Alexandra was in a poor state of underdevelopment.

"We cannot afford to see Alex people living in such conditions. This mall is a starting point. It will allow people to spend money in their own community. This, in turn, will help create and sustain jobs," Cllr Mashaba said.

He appealed to the community to help the City fight drug abuse. "Today's tragedy is the level of drugs ravaging our communities. Nyaope is destroying lives. Please give us the mandate to get rid of this scourge because if we don't there's really going to be a big price to pay. For any community to survive we need to take care of families," the Mayor said.

Motsumi thanked the community and land owners for supporting the project. He said as Alexandra's 100-year legacy project, the mall's development was a dream come true. "Alex is home away from home for many people. We need to change the face of Alex economically for it to become a better place to live in."

He lauded JPC Chief Executive Officer Helen Botes and the City for the partnership.

The mall is anchored by Pick n Pay and Checkers and boasts tenants such as Edgars, Clicks, Truworths and Foschini as well as Builders Warehouse.

Valumax wants to congratulate African Breeze with their outstanding achievements and the awards they received from the Shanduka Black Umbrellas, the non-profit enterprise development incubation organisation, now the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, which was launched in 2004.

African Breeze recently received the people’s choice award at the enterprise development awards and took third place in the best Shanduka Black Umbrellas ambassador award at the Johannesburg Regional Awards.

The Shanduka Black Umbrellas recently sent Valumax a letter of recognition for the support it has given to African Breeze and the commitment to the transformation and development of the economy of South Africa.

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo on Saturday 28 November 2015, handed over a new house to Gontlafetse Sehako in Riverside View, Diepsloot.

The new house was donated by Valumax, with co-sponsorships received from FNB, Tasol Solar, Tshepang Electrical, Civtek, Life Landscapes and Raubex Housing.

For more details regarding the event, please follow the below link:

http://www.thenewage.co.za/gontlafetse-sehako-finally-get-a-new-house-2/

Valumax is proud to announce that house construction will commence in Clayville Ext 45 by the end of August 2015. Please contact your agent for more information or alternatively contact our sales office on 0861 825 8629.

27 November, 2014 10:22 am

Valumax is proud to announce that it will be launching Phase 6 of the Riverside View Integrated Housing Development to be known as "Riverside View Extension 35″ early in 2018.

11 August, 2014 1:52 pm

Nedbank Corporate Property Finance has announced financing facilities of R120m to the Valumax Group for new housing projects in Gauteng as a result of the increasing need for new affordable housing stock in SA.

"More than 1-million people seek affordable housing annually, but only about 25,000 new units become available each year," Nedbank's head of affordable housing development finance, Manie Annandale. He says this clearly illustrates "that while demand is very high, availability of suitably well-located housing is far from sufficient".

The first development, in Riverside View Ext 28, is a fully integrated housing development north of Steyn City and west of William Nicol Drive (K46), in one of the fastest-developing areas in Johannesburg .

The development will provide a mix of private and public amenities, such as parks and schools. The second project falls under the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality. Clayville Ext 45 is located in Tembisa, directly to the north of Kaalfontein Ext 22 and west of the K111 provincial road.

"We are heartened by the number of people in the lower income ranges who are set to benefit from these housing developments," Mr Annandale says.

Valumax director Rocco de Kock says the two developments will result in more than 9,000 residential stands being built.

Referring to the gap market of buyers who earn too much to qualify for subsidies and too little to get bank loans, he says that Riverside View Ext 28 "will provide an estimated 2,166 single residential gap units in six phases over five years, which Nedbank is funding".

"The development on completion will yield 5,754 residential units, consisting of single residential gap units, high-density walk up subsidy houses and high density walk-up social housing rental units.

"Clayville Ext 45 will provide a total of 3,222 residential units, of which 1,134 will be single residential gap units, 398 multi-storey social housing rental units and 1960 multi-storey fully subsidised units," he says.

"The social and subsidy homes are in partnership with the Gauteng human settlements department, therefore meeting the objective of providing fully integrated housing."

The areas have been earmarked for further development due to the significant demand for property from the emerging market, which consists of middle-class families. These homes will be aimed at couples and individuals with a joint gross income of R14,000-R22,000 a month.

The installation of civil services in phase 1 of Riverside View Ext 28 has started and it is estimated that construction will be completed in October, with construction of the first 430 gap units to start in January next year.

The size of the houses is expected to range from a 45m² two-bedroom unit to a 65m² three-bedroom unit.

The development at Clayville Ext 45 will offer a 45m² two-bedroom unit from R320,600 and the range will also include a 52m² and a 56m² three-bedroom unit.

"Nedbank's commitment to help accelerate housing delivery sees the bank as partner with credible developers such as Valumax, to ensure quality, affordable homes," Mr Annandale says.

"Previous development funding facilities executed to Valumax include R63m for an affordable housing development in Soshanguve, a R13m facility to finance the development of 192 residential 1 units in Riverlea Ext 3 and a R15m facility for the installation of services in Allandale View, Midrand," he says.

http://www.sapropertyinsider.co.za/index.php/component/content/article?id=505

20 January, 2014 2:43 pm

Valumax is proud to announce that it has successfully completed the Trees for Homes initiative in Allandale View, Midrand. A total of 337 indigenous trees were planted in Allandale View between February and September 2013 by Valumax through Food and Trees For Africa's award winning and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Trees for Homes programme.

In addition to improving the environment in which residents live, these 337 trees will sequestrate an estimated 124.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is based on the international VCS figures, which work on a conservative 60% survival rate and over a 15 year period.

The development of urban forests is vital for healthy populated areas and FTFA was instrumental in developing the first urban forestry policy for South Africa to highlight this. With each house receiving a tree, and in light of the survival rate at present, Valumax has planted an estimated 8.4 hectares of urban forest.

Six residents of Kaalfontein, the neighboring community to Allandale, received training as Community Educators (CEs) and went door to door to the respective homes where the trees were to be planted as homeowners moved in, to educate the recipients about the benefits of the Valumax trees initiative. In so doing, the CEs raised awareness about climate change and the benefits of a green environment. Through them, the support from Valumax has been publicized and the importance of trees and greening, as well as awareness of the issues of climate change, has reached the entire community of Allandale View.

Here are some of the positive responses that were received from residents:

"I am happy that I have a fruit tree planted in my new home, it will make my home even more beautiful and adds value to my yard," said Sakhile Mkhize of 103 Volta Street.

"We had joy when we planted this tree as a family, helping each other to follow the steps we saw the day we received this tree," said Catherine Mangwato of 105 Volta Street.

"What I learned from this project is mulching in order to save water, and the whole process on how mulch saves water on the ground makes sense," said Ms Ledwaba of 4409/177 Rose Street.

"My expectation from this tree is to beautify my home, and provide me with shade and fruits" said homeowner Johannes Lepotla.

"It is an amazing initiative by Valumax that benefits me and other residence of this new area, this is the kind of a project to invest on during this era of climate change," said Elizabeth Ndlelenhle, another resident.

"Moving into my house and planting a tree at the same time is a good start to create a beautiful garden in my yard," said Thembisile Nkomo, a tree recipient.

"This is a wonderful job that Valumax and FTFA are doing for our community," said Tshepo Mashiane of house no 4409/94.

"I water my tree twice a day," said Lucia Mtetwa who was advised to mulch her tree and water it twice a week to save water.

"My tree will provide me with shade and protect me from strong wind," said Sandra Govana of house no 106.

"I agree that these trees will beautify this settlement in the next few seasons," said homeowner Sam Mtsweni.

"Trees benefit us with shade and fruits, I was happy to find a tree planted in my yard," said resident Nunu Mashola.

"My previous home was full of trees making a habitable environment. Planting this shade tree is my step toward the rebuild of a habitable home," said Marverics Mkhonta, another homeowner.

"I think this is a great initiative where everyone is getting a tree planted in their homes and it will be up to homeowners to maintain their trees, I maintain mine," said Lilian Maseko, a resident of Allandale View.

"I was surprised to come home from work and find a tree planted in front of my yard, but I like it," said homeowner Lindiwe Ndlovu.

"It is clear that our residential area will be green during spring if everyone take good care of trees planted for them," said resident Douglas Nokwa.

"I could not have thought of going to the nursery and buy myself a tree, thanks to Valumax for bringing a tree right where I stay," said homeowner Susan Miyambo.

"Yes, I have heard about climate change. Although I do not have more information about it, I know planting trees is a way to fight climate change," said resident Maropeng Motshegwa.

"I am looking forward to picking fruits from my tree soon and that is why I always make sure to give it water," said Gladys Motsamai a happy new resident of Allandale View.

27 May, 2013 7:00 am

Valumax is responding to the challenges of developing more sustainable settlements by ensuring that their affordable housing projects are softened and enhanced by the planting of trees.

Valumax, a modern South African development group, has been delivering quality housing products for 26 years. Valumax aims to create value in affordable housing, by building a greener community in Allandale View, Midrand, through Food & Trees for Africa’s award winning Trees for Homes program.

Trees for Homes is registered under the Verified Carbon Standard to sink carbon, a major greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. These 337 Valumax trees will sequester 124 tons of carbon dioxide over the next 15 years. In addition, they will green the surroundings, settle the dust, reduce noise pollution, provide shade, improve the aesthetics and promote biodiversity.

The successful and innovative Trees for Homes public greening initiative contributes nationally in a visible way to more sustainable settlements and enhanced environments. Trees for Homes started in 2000 to address climate change, improve quality of life and create sustainable settlements by giving low-income communities fruit or indigenous trees to plant at their homes, as well as providing training, some short term paid employment and environmental awareness. Around one million trees have now been planted with communities across South Africa.

Allandale View is the first affordable housing project where each house is fitted with a Tasol high pressure thermosyphon solar geyser to reduce energy consumption, adding further sustainability value to the project.

To view the original article posted on the Food and Trees for Africa website follow the following link:

http://www.trees.co.za/announcements/building-a-greener-community.html

11 July, 2012 4:36 pm

Valumax is proud to announce that it will be launching -Allandale View – its first Affordable Housing Project in Midrand this coming Saturday 14 July 2012.

This exciting development offers 337 single residential GAP housing units consisting of 40m², 45m² (2-bedroom) and 52m² (3-bedroom) units. Package prices start from R325,000.

All houses will be fitted with a Tasol (High Pressure Thermosiphon Solar Geyser) to reduce energy consumption and promote a greener environment.

Show houses are currently open for viewing on site during office hours Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00.

Should you require more information with regards this project please contact:

Humphrey on 084 457 8358 or Masilo on 073 791 6692 or Chris on 073 056 2600

17 February, 2012 4:42 pm

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We kindly notify you that the Johannesburg Branch of the Valumax Group of Companies, will be relocating to its new offices on Monday 20 February 2012. Our new business address is 33 Ballyclare Drive, Ballywoods Office Park, Ironwood House, Bryanston.

As a result of the relocation to the new premises our office will be officially closed on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 of February 2012. For urgent matters individual staff members can be contacted on their respective mobile phones.

Please note that all our office contact details will remain unchanged.

We apologise for any inconvenience.