The Ekurhuleni Municipality with its 2.7 million inhabitants spreads over an area of about 2000 km² and is devided into 88 wards. The region is characterised by the industry sector and a high GDP but a large part of the population suffers from missing economical and social infrastructures and adequat housing. The region has 103 registred informal settlements and especially the high populated south faces an unemployment rate way above the average 40 %.
Between the main transportation channels N3, R59 and R550 spans an area with the more or less serviced settlements Tokoza, Katlehong and Vosloorus. Together they form the second biggest township after Soweto but also one of the most poorly served areas in Gauteng in terms of community development.
Regional development goals
Magagula Hights and Zonkezizwe in the very south of Katlehong form the wards 25 home for about 35718 people. The southern spatial development framework in terms of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) identifys the area as a strategical area – fighting poverty and underdevelopment, creating job opportunites and participation of the community – form main goals of the southern region.
Katlehong is part of the twenty priority township programme (PTP) and topics coverd by the service delivery framework (SDF) are settlement development, housing delivery, densification, infill developments and provision of service facilities. Magagula Heights itself is mentioned in the Regional Spatial Development Framework from 2007 concerning the need of upgrade programmes for the informal settlements but by now no developments occurred.