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The JPC Reflects on “Green” Initiatives Implemented Throughout the City

With Earth Hour having taken place this past weekend the Joburg Property Company (JPC) reflects on "Green" initiatives implemented throughout the City of Johannesburg in support of eco-friendly and environmentally conscious projects. Earth Hour is a global movement that sees city's across the world take action in support of the planet. While the event is exemplified by an hour long abstinence from the use of lights, what has become the world's largest grassroots movement, today sees individuals, business owners and entities dedicate behaviours to contributing to sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices.

The JPC is proud to share initiatives, projects and practices that positively contribute to building a greener City of Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg Council Chamber
Having recently received a 5-star Green Star SA Public and Education Buildings (PEB) Design certification, the JPC's Council Chamber in Braamfontein, Johannesburg was constructed while adhering to a full environmental management plan enforced by the contractors. With aims to reduce the impact of the construction process on the environment as well as limit the impact of dust, noise and traffic, the construction of the Council Chamber also complied to a strict waste management plan implemented to reduce the amount of construction waste to landfill by over 70%. Concrete with high fly-ash content was used to offset the clinker content of the concrete which, together with a high post-consumer recycled content in the steel structure, helped to reduce the embodied energy associated with the structure.

Surrounded by a glass façade, the new Council Chamber is illuminated by natural lighting using highly efficient glass that allows light, but not heat, into the space.
The HVAC system is a variable air volume (VAV) system with an air-cooled chiller. Conditioned fresh air is released into the Chamber at floor level through a displacement ventilation system; the warmer air rises naturally and is expelled through a central chimney in the building.

The design also attempts to mitigate the urban heat island effect by utilising a lightweight steel roof with a low solar reflective index (SRI = 58) which reduces the radiant heat effect of the roof on the surrounding environment and minimises heat radiation into the Chamber space.

The high air quality is supported by the choice of materials, fittings and finishes, selected for their low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). In addition, the carpets have been locally manufactured and the insulation has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP).

The adjacent piazza has been designed for stormwater attenuation through the use of permeable paving which delays the release of stormwater from the site into the municipal system, thus relieving the system of copious volumes and offsetting the erosive effect of peak storms.

Furthermore, no hot water is being provided for the ablution block, and low flow taps along with dual flush toilets have been specified. Energy and water metering has been provided for major services and each level of the building, so that each part of the building can be monitored for performance in relation to the whole.

Optimally located in close proximity to public transport – the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), the Metrobus and the Gautrain, the Johannesburg Council Chamber is also well located near amenities such as banks and shops. This convenience factor should prevent unnecessary use of private cars and no additional parking has been provided in the new building.

Green Trading and Public Convenience (PC)
Located in a 1370 m² compound adjacent to the 3rd Street Bridge in Region C, Florida CBD, the JPC avails a Green Trading and Public Convenience (PC) Facility on the major pedestrian route between the Florida CBD and transport modal interface. Offering male and female toilet facilities, catering to disabled users as well as a baby change facility, the new Green Trading and PC facility ensures both comfort and an upmarket feel to its users.

Roofed and naturally ventilated, recycled and re-purposed shipping containers have been fitted not only to provide for PC facilities but for commercial entities too, including a chesa nyama, spaza shop, family store, hairdresser, barbers, tailor, cobbler, vegetable shop and a cell phone kiosk.

Designed to be a visible but completely secure facility, the entire site is provided with LED solar driven security lighting along with rainwater harvesting facilities collected in five 5000 litre plastic tanks, which in turn supply all the required ablution water. Capacity has been made for an additional four 5000 litre tanks in the service yard should it be deemed necessary. All lighting on the site is LED and solar powered with roof mounted solar panels, batteries and inverters all housed within the secure caretaker component of the PC.

The only external grid connections are the sewer (Joburg Water) and dedicated pay-as-you-go power sockets in each of the commercial stores. The external service points supplied by Joburg Water and City Power are seen as back-up rather than as primary sources.

Green Public Toilet Installation in Ivory Park
Leading the city with innovative, green solutions, the JPC provides for a green public toilet near the busy Ivory Park taxi rank in Region A. This is the first-ever green public convenience facility that the JPC has built in the area with an upmarket feel, modern floor finishes and scratch-resistant walls. The environmentally friendly facility was built using breeze blocks with openings that allow for the free flow of air and permanent ventilation. It also has a flat concrete roof that allows for better insulation.

Erected using durable, modern materials to help reduce water and electricity consumption, the facility is also equipped with two 5 000 litre water storage tanks for rainwater harvesting that will be used for cleaning and filling the toilets.

With the objective to build a greener city and minimise the impact on the environment, this is the first of its kind to be introduced to the community, conscious of the current water crisis while still equipped to cater to around 300 people per hour.

Continuing to set their own benchmark on all future projects, the JPC are committed to maintaining and improving the standards of the refurbishments of old buildings throughout the City of Johannesburg as well as "green" developments of new properties and public facilities each in line with pioneering eco-friendly and environmentally conscious practices.

The Journey of Johannesburg Reflected in Art at the JPC’s Johannesburg Council Chamber

Following the new developments, the Johannesburg Council Chamber proudly showcases various South African artists whose works each reflect the journey of Johannesburg and its people. With the aims to ensuring that diversity is reflected through art on exhibit at the Johannesburg Council Chamber, the Joburg Property Company (JPC) hope to depict an ever changing landscape and an emerging city that is currently being renovated and rejuvenated.

The rich cultural heritage of Johannesburg can be described in so many ways and one of the best ways to describe such diversity is through the eyes of an artist. The Chamber offers spaces which only an artist with vision can fill with various mediums of art.  Art is a reflection of the passage of time and how society evolves into what it is today. As buildings become space enabled and visionaries become more aware of those who work within those spaces, materials become more expressive and immortal. 

The Pergola Walkway featuring  “Oh Wanderer” by Pamela Sunstrum
When entering the Chamber from the Metro Centre towards the hallowed chamber of the SMART enabled dome, the Pergola walkway required a series of paintings that would depict a journey not unsimilar to that of the Long walk to Freedom as optimized by Nelson Mandela.   

“Oh Wanderer” by Pamela Sunstrum was selected using panels which trace the footsteps of the growth of Johannesburg.  Pamela’s work is a combination of self-imagined myths of space and time and the special red illustrations show modern Johannesburg transmitted between mythical bodies and across changing landscapes. The paintings also include moments of cultural isolation that accompany travel, migration and other processes of (dis) location.

Due to the Pergola requiring more than one panel, the single narrative had to read very well across the entire space. Because Pamela Sunstrum does various onsite installations to fit and translate into spaces designed for such art, she was the obvious choice. The material required, had to avoid wear and tear over time and as the studio glass manufacturing production process of heat transferring of artwork onto glass panels was available, that became the obvious choice as it doesn’t scratch and preserves the painting.

The Atrium showcasing “The Past and the Present…Now is the time” by Sam Nhlengetwa
A perfect space for “The Past and the Present…Now is the time” by Johannesburg artist Sam Nhlengetwa.  His work includes a series of subjects ranging from city scapes to jazz musicians to the gallery walls.  Printed in copper and in 3D, here Sam shows the people of Johannesburg queueing to make their mark in 1994 at the voting stations. From jazz musicians to artists and political figures, the art has brought to life the themes of the evolution of the African city.

The Upper Waiting Area featuring various works by Joel Mpah Dooh
In the upper waiting area where canvas artworks are on display by Joel Mpah Dooh, there is yet another medium being used by the artist. Joel works in aluminium foil strips and in these two paintings, are a reminder that after we have walked together, now we meet again, what has happened to us, both you and I.  Here the viewer is in the dreamlike world of Mpah Dooh, the flaneur, the observer, the symbolic maestro. These paintings were reminiscent of when he was delayed at OR Tambo for 4 days while his passport and papers could be sorted out.  In that moment he was not able to identify either as an individual of the country he was travelling out of nor feeling like a foreigner in the space he found himself.

The Lower Walkway presenting pieces by Rael Jero Salley
In depicting the cultural nuances that are relevant to people, pieces by Rael Jero Salley, were selected for the lower walkway space, Rael is not only an artist but also a cultural theorist and an art historian. He examines the relationship between art and freedom. In these monochrome paintings, he explores the representation of black people in relation to Western society. “The Wedding”, “Man Looking”, and “Energy”.

The Upstairs Bathroom Corridor displaying sculptures by Jaco Sieberhagen
In the bathroom corridor upstairs, Jaco Sieberhagen submitted sculptures of black steel to compliment the style and the windows on either side of the corridor.  In his submission, Jaco used different elements that make up our society and reminds those who are walking from the Metro Centre to the Council Chambers that there are more important principles that they have to keep in mind on their way to the prosperous future of the city.

The sculptures selected were “Walking Tall” (Man) and “Harmony” (Woman). Harmony is fauna and flora representing mother nature and consists of the silhouettes of different animals and insects. Walking tall is man, made up of a group of 20 young and diverse people walking in unity towards the future of Johannesburg.

The Fairmount Soccer and Tennis Club

The Joburg Property Company (JPC) has been driving urban regeneration and development with many projects in and around the inner city. One such project has been the Fairmount Soccer and Tennis Club located on portion 89 of the Farm Rietfontein 61 I.R. along Elray Street in Fairmount.
Fairmount tennis courts

Says Fanis Sardianos, JPC Executive Manager: Client Business Operations, “The facility has been packaged as a multi-purpose sports facility and was placed on public tender on 19 May 2017 for all interested parties to participate should they wish to do so.”

The JPC has been trying to generate interest in the lease of the facility, having published advertisements in several major newspapers calling for interested parties to submit their tenders. It’s become a matter of urgency as tenders for this particular Fairmount project close on 23 June 2017.  

Fairmount soccer field
Fairmount 1

This project received a substantial cash injection when the JPC spent more than R300 000 on the facility’s rehabilitation. The end aim is that interested parties will tender for the facility.

According to the JPC, a clean-up of the entire Fairmount Soccer and Tennis Club sports field ran over April and May. During this time the fencing along Elray Street was replaced.

“This will also ensure that [the] facility will be well maintained, secured for the community to access and utilise the facility for social and recreation purposes within the terms and conditions of the lease,” says Sardianos.
  • Tender documents are available at the JPC’s Offices, 1st Floor Forum 2 Building, Braam Park, 33 Hoofd Street Braamfontein.

City of Joburg honours young Artists

To:All Media

Date: 05 October 2017

City of Joburg honours young Artists

The City of Johannesburg’s new council chamber was filled to capacity on Monday 02 October 2017. Every seat was occupied, but this time it was not councillors who were in the chamber, it was the proud parents and 134 artists whose totems were chosen to decorate the chamber.

The Joburg Property Company (JPC), the managers of the City of Johannesburg property portfolio, recently took some of the 134 artists whose artwork decorates the new council chamber on a tour.

“The totems by these young artists are placed in here to remind those who use this place that their decisions don’t only affect them but the people of Johannesburg too,” said Speaker of Council Cllr Vasco da Gama

Initially, 570 residents submitted their artwork but only 134 were chosen, with the winners’ ages ranging from the ages of 6 to 50 years, all from different communities to promote diversity.

In order to represent all seven regions fairly, between 10 and 25 designs were selected per region. The totems surround the walkway inside the chamber, with each artist’s name engraved on their totems.

“The totems and your names will be there forever. Maybe one day one of you will be sitting in this very chamber with their totem across the room,” addedDa Gama

The totems are 2 meters tall, 80cm wide and 200cm deep. It took the designers 16 hours to create and carve one totem that is a total of 2 144 hours.

“The artworks are there to tell the story of the people of Johannesburg. They express the young artist’s thoughts and emotions, concluded Cllr Da Gama.

Each of the 134 artists was given a certificate one in in full view of their beaming parents

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South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners annual convention

Transformation in the property sector, citizens’ residential areas in relation to their work places and property rights were some of the issues delegates discussed at the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) annual convention this week.

The two-day conference from 2 to 3 November 2016 brought together property professionals, business leaders, suppliers and other industry practitioners from the private and public sectors in Woodmead. The delegates exchanged information and discussed critical issues in the property sector.

Joburg Property Company Chief Executive Officer Helen Botes spoke about the role of local government in transforming the sector. She said the fact that it remained 90% white owned more than 20 years after democracy showed that bold and radical action was necessary to drive change.

“Sometimes in local government we’re scared to be bold. Because we know that sometimes when we’re bold … that could be interpreted as corrupt. So you do find that most of us are scared … of being accused of being corrupt because heaven forbid I give Sipho a R4-billion contract. [The perception is that] he must have done something, we must have had coffee … he must have given me a new Merc for me to give him a R4-billion deal,” she said. 

Joburg Property Company Chief Executive Officer 
Helen Botes

Such perceptions needed to change and the public and private sectors had to work together, Botes added.

“We do find that the private sector does not play ball. Local government can provide the opportunities but … government is not the only one that must pave that opportunity.

“We have to change the way we approach this industry and we then have to determine how bold we’re going to be and how radical we’re going to be without fear of being accused of something else. If you believe in what you do, I don’t believe you should be afraid of being accused of corruption … I think you should just push forward,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the Gauteng government, Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu reminded delegates that South Africa’s constitution was signed 20 years ago in November 1996.

“One of the fundamental clauses in the constitution [was in relation to] property rights. Those of you who followed the discussions during the negotiation process would be aware that one of the major stalemates was about the property clause. Today, 20 years since the constitution was signed, we need to reflect on what is happening in the property space,” she said.

Many noteworthy achievements were shared at this forum, but the most impressive was that South Africa leads the world in setting facilities management (FM) standards. These have been presented three times at international forums and the South African Bureau of Standards is encouraging industry practitioners to give feedback. Comments on the standards may be emailed to This development is particularly interesting as the US has had FM standards since the 1970s, the UK and Europe since the 1980s and South Africa since the 1990s.

This means that local FM practitioners can continue to do what they are doing but that the standards will guide a systematic approach, said David Khasebe, local convenor of the working group that drew up the best-practice standard and founder of independent consultancy DKMC.

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