The Development of Protea Glen started in 1986 when the first options on land across the Klipspruit West of Soweto was signed.
It took four years to persuade the then Department of Community Development to grant the developers, Township Realtors, the right to develop across the Klipspruit in terms of Act 4 of 1984, the Black Communities Development Act. In terms of the findings of the Jacobs Commission of 1954 no further development of Soweto across the Klipspruit was allowed.
On 5 December 1996 the late President Nelson Mandela opened Protea Glen Extension 11. Ten thousand people attended this opening believed to be the only housing development opened by the late President in Gauteng. He also handed over a brand new house to a lady who waited 11 years for a house. The stand was donated by Township Realtors and the house by Morgan Homes.
Since 1996 a site office in Protea Glen Extension 11 has been operational. All streets are tarred with storm water and every stand has sewer, water and electricity. Two bridges into Soweto to Protea North and Naledi Station were constructed by the developer. The developers also built a water tower and reservoir in Extension 16. They constructed a main sewer line together with the City of Johannesburg which will also service 7000 stands of the Lufhereng development.
Training programmes for previously disadvantaged contractors were held by the developers and their housing builders and those contractors are today building houses all over Gauteng. In the 1990’s 5 000 subsidised houses were built in Protea Glen and in 1997 the Developer’s company and its Managing Director, Dr. Alf Levin were chosen as Housing Developer of the Year by the MEC of Housing in Gauteng, Mr Dan Mofokeng and the National housing Minister Mrs Sankie Nkondo.
Offices for the local Councillor and Local Community Development Forum has been furnished and donated to them to be used for office space. A Library and Community Hall has been added on land donated by the Developers. Sports facilities for soccer, rugby and cricket on 14 hectares, has been donated by the developer. Four parks (two by private initiative assisted by Council and the Developer) has been completed. A fully operational police station has also been developed. A new fire station was developed in 2016.
The Protea Glen development currently consists of 26 500 completed houses. All houses in Protea Glen are fully bonded with about 30% percent of houses being flisp
subsidy houses. a Further 22 000 houses and high rise units are planned to be developed in this area. This should create an estimated 30 000 work opportunities on and offsite.
In 2017 Dr Levin from Township Realtors was also awarded a lifetime achievement award from SAARDA (South African Affordable Residential Developers of South Africa) for 30 years involvement in this development which is a unique South African housing project.
It was always the Developer’s vision not only to develop affordable houses but to develop a fully integrated sustainable environment and to create enough work opportunities for the population to enable the residents to live and work in the same environment. Now this vision is slowly taking shape.