Cosmo City

Cosmo City - northwest of Joburg's city centre - is a R3,5-billion greenfield project, or a development on land that has not been developed before. It was undertaken by the City in partnership with the Gauteng provincial government. Codevco was appointed as the overall developer and to act as the City's agent. Work began at the end of 2004, and Cosmo City has already blossomed into a comfortable suburb.

The street naming instantly catches the eye: the main road into Cosmo City is called South Africa Road; secondary roads are named after other countries. "The Cosmo City project is one of a kind and we needed to reflect that by using unique street names," said Stanley Mahlalela, the community liaison officer for Codevco. "We have a combination of countries, cities and continents; of course, South Africa is the main road."

The area is a complex development, providing three types of housing to suit the finances of different people. There are fully subsidised houses, credit linked houses and fully bonded houses. So far 115 hectares had been developed and it would take another two to three years before the project was complete, said Davina Piek, the manager of Cosmo City in the City's department of development planning and urban management.

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