Mashaba delivers on hous­ing prom­ise

The com­ple­tion of the de­vel­op­ment will yield a total of 6204 fam­ily and sin­gle oc­cu­pa­tion units for RDP, com­mu­nity res­i­den­tial units, bonded rental and so­cial hous­ing.

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Reporter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Cllr Her­man Mashaba handed over keys to ben­e­fi­cia­ries of newly com­pleted units at the City of Johannesburg’s South Hills de­vel­op­ment. “This marks a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion, as some of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries have re­mained on the hous­ing wait­ing list since 1996. As a new ad­min­is­tra­tion we are making pro­gres­sive strides in en­sur­ing that our peo­ple re­ceive the dig­nity of hav­ing a home,” said Cllr Mashaba.

Ac­cord­ing to the City’s hous­ing depart­ment the com­ple­tion of the de­vel­op­ment will yield a total of 6204 fam­ily and sin­gle oc­cu­pa­tion units for RDP, com­mu­nity res­i­den­tial units, bonded rental and so­cial hous­ing.

“Work­ing to­gether with our coali­tion part­ners, we are grad­u­ally de­liv­er­ing the change that the res­i­dents of our city voted for. Our res­i­dents want to see Diphetogo [change], in their com­mu­ni­ties. This is what we in­tend to de­liver.

“In work­ing to­wards achiev­ing this, our multi-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment has:

• in­vested the largest share of the cap­i­tal bud­get for roads, trans­port, hous­ing, elec­tric­ity and wa­ter, go­ing up from 54% in 2016/17 to 69% in 2018/19,

• al­lo­cated R120 mil­lion to site and ser­vice schemes (dou­ble the pre­vi­ous year’s al­lo­ca­tion) to pro­vide ser­viced sites onto which ben­e­fi­cia­ries can be set­tled with full own­er­ship,

• aimed to ac­cel­er­ate the for­mal­iza­tion of in­for­mal set­tle­ments, by in­vest­ing R14 mil­lion for the pur­pose of em­bark­ing on a con­sol­i­dated plan­ning pro­gram for in­for­mal set­tle­ments across the City,

• set aside R50 mil­lion for the up­grad­ing of in­ner city emer­gency hous­ing and rental stock,

• set aside R46 mil­lion for the ac­qui­si­tion of build­ings in the in­ner city for the pur­pose of cre­at­ing af­ford­able hous­ing for res­i­dents,

• set aside R117 mil­lion for the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of in­for­mal set­tle­ments,

• launched free Com­mu­nity Sub­stance Abuse Treat­ment Cen­tres within the city in or­der to fight the scourge of sub­stance abuse in com­mu­ni­ties whilst also launch­ing ex­tended op­er­at­ing hours within our 13 of our clin­ics, and

• in­vested in the in­creased safety of com­mu­ni­ties, by re­cruit­ing 1500 trainee JMPD of­fi­cers who will join our law en­force­ment ef­forts.”

These are just some of the changes high­lighted by the Mayor as the City works for its res­i­dents.

“This said, I am also proud of the strides the City is set to make pro­vid­ing hous­ing through the trans­for­ma­tion of the in­ner city.

“The launch of the 71 Prop­er­ties Prospec­tus ear­lier this month is an in­di­ca­tion of my com­mit­ment to bring­ing change to our com­mu­ni­ties as not only will it cre­ate jobs but also pro­vide homes within the in­ner city.

“To­gether with the on­go­ing sup­port of our coali­tion part­ner, I will con­tinue to work tire­lessly to re­main ac­count­able on my prom­ise to de­liver so­cial hous­ing that in­stills dig­nity for res­i­dents of this City to live, work and play,” con­cluded Mayor Mashaba.

Mayor Her­man Mashaba es­corts one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries to her new home at South Hills

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