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JPC demolitions have started
04 November 2010

Illegal structures on council-owned land in Soweto are being torn down, with the approval and help of local community members.

DEMOLITION of illegal structures such as shacks, houses and other buildings have begun on City-owned land in Soweto to make way for new projects currently in the planning stages.

 

The City is advising residents to follow procedure when buying any properties within its jurisdiction
The City is advising residents to follow procedure when buying any properties within its jurisdiction

 

Dobsonville is the first of many suburbs where such structures will be demolished. The move comes after the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) was granted demolition orders by the Gauteng High Court. It had applied to the court in November 2009.

The sheriff was on site when demolitions began on 27 October. At least four structures that were at roof level were dismantled. The work will continue until all illegal structures have been removed.

According to Ashton Bodrick, the executive manager of stakeholder relationship management at the JPC, community members in the area were helping the demolishers, removing rubble and building materials, fully equipped with wheelbarrows and Pikitup bins.

“Members of the community who were present during the demolitions were happy to see the structures being demolished, saying these were used as hideouts by criminals,” said Bodrick.

The JPC said it would also remove such structures in Power Park, Dhlamini, Diepkloof and Orlando West.

Brian Mahlangu, the company’s public relations and media officer, noted: “There are projects meant to be started soon. For instance, in Power Park there is already development of Orlando Ekhaya. Development was interrupted when the illegal invasion started.”

The same thing happened at Dhlamini Extension 3, he said. A social housing project was about to start when the land was hijacked and illegal structures were built. Development plans for the other affected land were still on the table for consideration and approval.

Bodrick added: “Without fear and favour and in line with the court order, the JPC is in the process of beginning with the demolition of all structures illegally built on council-owned land.

“Illegal building and illegal occupation of the City’s land hampers economic development among communities as resources and time meant for development is used up on legal processes. The JPC is also in the process of evicting all illegal occupiers currently occupying other City-owned properties.”

The JPC’s objectives are to harness the City’s property portfolio to increase economic growth and broad-based black economic empowerment, and to create jobs and economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities and businesses.

“In line with this objective, if and when people, as in the case of all illegally built structures, occupy the City’s land without following due process, the JPC will not hesitate to take all the necessary steps to protect the property belonging to the City of Johannesburg,” said Bodrick.

Mahlangu urged people not to fall into fraudulent traps and to remember that the JPC was the only company mandated to sell City-owned land.

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JPC demolitions have started

ILLEGAL structures on council-owned land in Soweto are being torn down, with the approval and help of local community members.

Romaana Naidoo

November 4, 2010

DEMOLITION of illegal structures such as shacks, houses and other buildings have begun on City-owned land in Soweto to make way for new projects currently in the planning stages.

Dobsonville is the first of many suburbs where such structures will be demolished. The move comes after the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) was granted demolition orders by the Gauteng High Court. It had applied to the court in November 2009.

The sheriff was on site when demolitions began on 27 October. At least four structures that were at roof level were dismantled. The work will continue until all illegal structures have been removed.

According to Ashton Bodrick, the executive manager of stakeholder relationship management at the JPC, community members in the area were helping the demolishers, removing rubble and building materials, fully equipped with wheelbarrows and Pikitup bins.

“Members of the community who were present during the demolitions were happy to see the structures being demolished, saying these were used as hideouts by criminals,” said Bodrick.

The JPC said it would also remove such structures in Power Park, Dhlamini, Diepkloof and Orlando West.

Brian Mahlangu, the company’s public relations and media officer, noted: “There are projects meant to be started soon. For instance, in Power Park there is already development of Orlando Ekhaya. Development was interrupted when the illegal invasion started.”

The same thing happened at Dhlamini Extension 3, he said. A social housing project was about to start when the land was hijacked and illegal structures were built. Development plans for the other affected land were still on the table for consideration and approval.

Bodrick added: “Without fear and favour and in line with the court order, the JPC is in the process of beginning with the demolition of all structures illegally built on council-owned land.

“Illegal building and illegal occupation of the City’s land hampers economic development among communities as resources and time meant for development is used up on legal processes. The JPC is also in the process of evicting all illegal occupiers currently occupying other City-owned properties.”

The JPC’s objectives are to harness the City’s property portfolio to increase economic growth and broad-based black economic empowerment, and to create jobs and economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities and businesses.

“In line with this objective, if and when people, as in the case of all illegally built structures, occupy the City’s land without following due process, the JPC will not hesitate to take all the necessary steps to protect the property belonging to the City of Johannesburg,” said Bodrick.

Mahlangu urged people not to fall into fraudulent traps and to remember that the JPC was the only company mandated to sell City-owned land.

Related stories:

Illegal buildings to be demolished (News/Housing)

http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5835&catid=123&Itemid=204

JPC has a turnaround plan (News/General)

http://www.joburg.org.za/content/view/5589/266/

JPC gets four properties back (News/General)

http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5489&catid=164&Itemid=245

JPC wants property back (News/General)

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