Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
22 Mar 2021
1:56 pm

‘Chess-board’ moves allegedly used to capture Joburg Development Agency

Sipho Mabena

Internal whistleblowers believe recent developments at JDA point to an apparent strategic axing and positioning of people who would be in charge of the mega project.

A view of Johannesburg in the mist from the 51st floor of the Ponte City Apartments, 5 December 2020, after runners took part in the Ponte Challenge. The race takes runners up 54 floors from the bottom to the top of the Ponte Tower. Picture: Michel Bega

Whistleblowers have raised concerns about a possible plot to capture the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) in time for budget allocation on the multi-billion rand Corridors of Freedom project. ALSO READ: Joburg's Corridors of Freedom raise more concerns The agency is responsible for the mega urban development project unveiled in 2013 by then executive mayor Parks Tau in line with the Johannesburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy. Its vision is for affordable and safe transport systems, increased availability of affordable accommodation closer to commercial centres and enhanced public facilities. But internal whistleblowers believe recent developments at JDA pointed to an apparent...