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Top ongoing mega projects in South Africa

The African continent is undergoing a phase of mass development. There are many construction projects underway across Africa, making it more connected and luxurious.

The following are top ongoing mega projects in South Africa

Modderfontein Mega City- US $8bn

Modderfontein New City is a Chinese-funded US $8bn city that is being built in Modderfontein, Johannesburg-South Africa. The project will occupy 1,600 hectare land between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton.

The city will include nine functional zones, the central business district, international conference and exhibition centre, an entertainment centre, silver industry and retirement industry, international residential community, education and training centre, sports Centre, trade and logistic park and light industry park.

Square Kilometer Array Telescope US $2bn

The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be the world’s biggest radio telescope and will be developed in South Africa, where the view of the Milky Way Galaxy is best and radio interference least.

It will require high performance central computing engines and long-haul links with a capacity greater than the current global Internet traffic. Thus a related development is the plan to have 13,125 km of fiber-optic cable refurbished and strengthened across South Africa by 2020.

Moloto Road project US $217m

In the Thembisile Hani Municipality of Mpumalanga, the Moloto road make-ups will include construction of Tweefontein and Kwaggafontein access roads  The two roads are expected to create over 600 job opportunities for the locals. Moreover, the minister said that there was also upgrading of four priority intersections in Mpumalanga of which three were converted to traffic circles and one to a butterfly intersection. In the current financial year, three more construction work packages for Limpopo and five more for Mpumalanga will be rolled out. The parts to be upgraded on this notorious killer road which ships over 50,000 road users daily will be done in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

The entire roads upgrade project is set to yield approximately 12,500 jobs over its five-year period. The first phase of the project, which includes construction of temporary bypasses and upgrading the main carriageway between Siyabuswa and Marble Hall in Limpopo.

BRICS cable project US $1.5bn

BRICS Cable Project s is a 21,000-mile undersea fiber-optic cable that will run from Fortaleza, Brazil, through Cape Town, South Africa, to Chennai, India to Shantou, China to Vladivostok, Russia to carry high-speed Internet traffic without reliance on U.S. and European networks.


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