City promises 13 000 houses for the poor in next two years

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OVER the next five years, Ekurhuleni plans to roll out six mega housing projects in an effort to respond to the prevalent human settlement backlog within the city.

In the current financial year, the city will deliver about 5 000 housing units, and an additional 8 000 units will be completed in the 2017/18 financial year.

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Recently, Ekurhuleni’s member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for Human Settlements, Clr Lesiba Mpya, did the sod-turning for the historical Leeuwpoort housing project, which will result in the building of 19 000 houses in the next five years.

These houses will benefit mainly desperate home-seekers from Reiger Park, Boksburg and the neighbouring informal settlements such as Joe Slovo, Ulana Park, Hlahane, Driefontein, Crossroads (Roodekop Ext 3), Vosloorus, Kalamazoo and Katlehong.

“In pursuit of this objective, we have secured and are in the process of securing, more land to enable us to provide bulk services consisting of water and sanitation systems for housing settlements like Leeuwpoort, Clayville Extension 156, John Dube and Daggafontein,” said Executive Mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina.

Masina added that the city would also deliver fully subsidised units through the finance-linked subsidy programme for people whose income is above the threshold for an RDP house but below the amount needed to qualify for a housing bond.

The project has been launched for middle income earners looking for rental stock and bonded units in Delville Ext 9 and Chris Hani Village in Germiston, with over 300 housing units completed and ready for occupation from the beginning of May.

Ekurhuleni’s multi-pronged housing delivery strategy will see the city transformed into a modern cosmopolitan urban environment, says the mayor.

Meanwhile, in an effort to provide decent living spaces, the city has also set aside R1 billion for the provision of serviced stands in the region. The municipality has set itself a target of 59 000 serviced stands during the current term of office.

Such stands will have bulk water and sanitation infrastructure and access roads, among other things.

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