The project area today known as Chief Albert Luthuli Extensions was originally planned as the public-owned Cloverdene Township.
With financial assistance from the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality purchased all the vacant land north of Extension 4 up to the Vista University (now part of the University of Johannesburg – East Rand Campus), later to become known as Extension 6 in order to specifically absorb priority informal settlements surrounding the Daveyton and Benoni East complexes in accordance with its Migration Plan for Area 2. This plan contains specific provision for the Gabon Settlement (3 600 beneficiaries), which is to be relocated and resettled to Extension 6 by order of the Court.
- the potential of the project area to realize the BNG principles;
- the current agreements reached at national level between the National Minister of Housing and the Banking Council; and
- the current contractual relationship emanating from the Olievenhoutbos Project,
The Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing promoted the involvement of the ABSA Group to be included as the turnkey Implementation Agent of the Gauteng Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing, specifically for Extension 6.
ABSA subsequently appointed Urban Dynamics to manage the conceptualization, planning, proclamation and development of Extension 6. The town provides for various phases and housing typologies.
A total of 963 houses of varying typology have been constructed to date. Through a cross-subsidization model embarked on by ABSA, the houses are bigger than the normal RDP house and have a higher specification in terms of finishes. The houses are constructed by Urban Dynamics using its tailored Community Builders Programme which utilizes local emerging contractors exclusively. Preparations are currently underway to commence with Phases 3 (1 187 affordable housing units) and Phase 7A to 7D (1 895 bonded housing units).