Research conducted in 2014 by Demacon Market Studies showed that with targeted interventions, significant development is possible in Philippi, with major implications for the economy of the area.
THE DEMACON MARKET STUDIES REPORT
The Demacon study looked at how land in the Philippi area could be best developed for maximum potential social and economic benefits.
PEDI’s goal was to find ways to meet its mandate to facilitate growth of a suburb where people choose to work, to live, play and pray. PEDI believes development should be holistic, and a follow-up study also explored the need for social infrastructure for Philippi.
Demacon described a “High Road” scenario that was possible with investment and a “baseline” scenario that could be expected without intervention over eight years.
The ‘High Road’ assessment suggested that:
Demacon Draft Report
Demacon Philippi Market Study
Demacon Philippi Social Facilities Report
What the study also showed, however, was that the area needs 67 hectares of new social infrastructure development, and existing facilities are way behind what they should be. The same is true for housing, transport, and access to jobs. The difference in the estimated outcomes of the “High Road” scenario and the “baseline” scenario was staggering, and sharply illustrated the need for coordinated interventions.
The study also looked at the way major roads bypass Philippi has had a negative impact on development in the area over decades. A ring of roads – Vanguard Drive, the R300, the N2 and Landsdowne Road – effectively create a barrier which turns the Philippi industrial area into an island instead of facilitating its development.
In short, the Demacon showed the massive opportunity for development in the Philippi area, with investment able to provide:
Sustainable feed into the fiscus from PAYE, VAT and Company taxes annually.
Sustainable feed from property rates and taxes annually.
Jobs during construction phase of development (R8 Billion in projects).
Sustainable jobs during the ongoing operation of the area.