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2008-06-18: Joburg mayor visits Kliptown

THE Joburg City's Executive Mayor Amos Masondo today (Wednesday 18 June 08) visited the Greater Kliptown community and other local stakeholders with a view of addressing concerns and challenges on housing and infrastructure.

Accompanied by Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC), Ward Councillors and senior City officials, Cllr Masondo spoke to locals at informal settlements like Fred Clarke, Chris Hani and the Mandela Square on their living conditions.

Considering that the City's housing budget had increased by over 100% in the coming financial year (July 2008 to June 2009) to reach the R721 million mark, Council was going to do what it can to assist in developing the area.

The City has established a number of projects, amongst others:

·   The establishment a number of townships;
·   Installation of basic services; and
·   Construction of integrated mixed housing typologies in a number of different proposed townships in the Greater Kliptown area.

These projects are aimed at formalizing the existing informal settlements in Kliptown and accommodating people who are in need of housing in the
Greater Kliptown area.

The City's budget allocation includes R371 million for housing top-structures, R90 million for land acquisition and R80 million towards mixed income housing projects where the private sector will be approached to participate in the improvement of the area.

About R105,8 million was received from the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant and has also been earmarked for use towards the regeneration of the Kliptown CBD, Orlando Ekhaya, Stredford Station and the Orlando West Vilakazi Streets precincts.

It is hoped that business activity in these areas will also become a source for creating job opportunities for the locals.