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THE City of Joburg will only re­lease its re­port on the au­dit of its 6 862 so­cial hous­ing units in March next year.

The au­dit is be­ing un­der­taken fol­low­ing claims that peo­ple are oc­cu­py­ing City hous­ing units with­out per­mis­sion.

Mayor Her­man Mashaba said there had been de­lays in com­plet­ing the re­port, by the hous­ing depart­ment and the Johannesburg So­cial Hous­ing Com­pany (Joshco), on the le­gal sta­tus of oc­cu­pants at 28 prop­er­ties across the city.

The de­lays, he said, could be at­trib­uted to the process of ap­point­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vice provider to con­duct the au­dit, to ex­am­ine whether only right­ful ten­ants were oc­cu­py­ing the units and that unau­tho­rised sub­let­ting was taking place. The au­dit would also de­ter­mine the na­tion­al­ity of oc­cu­pants and their so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus, in­clud­ing house­hold in­come and em­ploy­ment.

“I in­structed that this au­dit take place af­ter the mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee for hous­ing, Me­shack van Wyk, Joshco (act­ing) chief ex­ec­u­tive Christo­pher Dyani, and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of hous­ing Thabo Maisela re­ported the (un­de­ter­mined le­gal sta­tus of oc­cu­pants) as a chal­lenge within the hous­ing space,” Mashaba said.

“In par­tic­u­lar, com­mu­ni­ties have al­leged that the prop­er­ties in ques­tion are il­le­gally oc­cu­pied by per­sons not au­tho­rised to live at the prop­er­ties.”

Joshco’s pro­vi­sion of hous­ing was piv­otal to at­tempts to change the land­scape of the in­ner city. The com­pany had more than 3 000 hous­ing units at its dis­posal.

“It is pub­lic knowl­edge that the ad­min­is­tra­tion faces a hous­ing cri­sis, one where ap­prox­i­mately 300 000 units are re­quired ur­gently if we are to make in­roads against the hous­ing back­log,” he said.

“How­ever, this lim­ited pro­vi­sion is put un­der pressure by an ur­ban mi­gra­tion of some 3 000 peo­ple to Joburg monthly, which ne­ces­si­tates govern­ment to re­spond swiftly to man­ag­ing the chal­lenges that come with be­ing part of a glob­alised so­ci­ety. This au­dit is one of the ways to en­sure that res­i­dents en­joy this ser­vice-de­liv­ery as­pect.”

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