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ellis-park-8Greater Ellis Park has been transformed: once a rundown and tired old suburb, it is now an eye-catching, accessible hub linking sport, education, residential and transport sectors.

Upgrades began in 2008 and were almost all successfully finished in 2009 in time for Johannesburg to host the Confederations Cup, the forerunner event to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Costing R2-billion, the upgrades included walkways and pedestrian routes; infrastructure for the World Cup, including pop-up kiosks, ablution facilities and underground bins; and extensive landscaping.

Paving, lighting, street furniture, art and a water feature completed the picture. Over R500-million was set aside just to upgrade engineering and electrical, sanitation and water infrastructure.

The Ellis Park Olympic swimming pool also received extensive upgrades, and in Bertrams, the cricket oval at Maurice Freeman Park, once a dusty soccer field, has brought this sport to the inner city for the first time.

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Mostly residential in composition, Bertrams received only minor cosmetic work - the outsides of five of the original miners' houses on Erin Street were upgraded. These houses were significant in the Miners' Strike of 1922.

And nearby in Doornfontein, Transport Square and Doornfontein Station were given major facelifts.