New MMC for Hous­ing

Ac­cord­ing to Mas haba, ac­cess to af­ford­able hous­ing rep­re­sents one of the great­est needs of res­i­dents in the City, and it is a pri­or­ity of the multi-party gov­ern­ment to re­verse the legacy of land les sn es sand dis­pos­ses­sion that con­tin­ues in the City

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­

City of Jo­han­nes­burg Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor, Her­man Mashaba has ap­pointed a new MMC for Hous­ing in an ef­fort to turn­around the port­fo­lio.

The Mayor in a state­ment an­nounced that Coun­cil­lor Me­shack van Wyk of the African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party (ACDP) would re­place the for­mer MMC for hous­ing Coun­cil­lor Mzobanzi Ntuli of the IFP.

Mashaba said that de­spite Ntuli’s best ef­forts he was un­able to im­prove the depart­ment’s per­for­mance and that a change in lead­er­ship was needed to ad­dress this.

“For­mer MMC Ntuli has served in the po­si­tion since Septem­ber 2016. He in­her­ited a Hous­ing Depart­ment that was per­form­ing poorly and with a legacy of cor­rup­tion,” the mayor said.

“De­spite for­mer MMC Ntuli’s best ef­forts, the Depart­ment’s per­for­mance has not im­proved. While this is pri­mar­ily a func­tion of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of this Depart­ment, it is go­ing to re­quire dif­fer­ent lead­er­ship to af­fect the turn­around of this crit­i­cal func­tion in the City.”

Mashaba has tasked Van Wyk with sev­eral key projects which in­clude:

●In­ner City re­gen­er­a­tion to fast track de­liv­ery of af­ford­able hous­ing, stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion and small busi­ness space.

●Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of city owned land for Ser-

vice Stands.

●Max­imise the uti­liza­tion of Provin­cial and Na­tional grants to de­liver houses for our res­i­dents.

●Ex­pe­dite de­liv­ery of Ti­tle Deeds to qual­i­fy­ing res­i­dents.

●Fi­nal­iza­tion and pub­li­ca­tion of the of­fi­cial open Hous­ing wait­ing list.

●Devel­op­ment of new Hous­ing Pol­icy for the City of Jo­han­nes­burg.

“I would like to wish MMC van Wyk the

best in his new role and have ev­ery con­fi­dence in his abil­ity to pos­i­tive change to hous­ing depart­ment.

“I would also like to ex­press my sin­cere thanks to the for­mer MMC for Hous­ing, Coun­cil­lor Mzobanzi Ntuli, for his ser­vice un­der tremen­dous pres­sure.

“We will con­tinue to do what is right for the res­i­dents of our City, un­der­stand­ing the change that is de­manded of us and our res­i­dents’ ex­pec­ta­tions,” Mashaba con­cluded.

PIC­TURED: City of Jo­han­nes­burg, Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Cllr Her­man Mashaba and newly ap­pointed MMC for Hous­ing Cllr Me­shack van Wyk

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