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The City of Johannesburg‘s housing department expects to allocate temporary relocation units to deserving residents by the end of September.

MMC for Housing, Councillor Mlungisi Mabaso, says residents will benefit from some 2000 units in Lufhereng, South of Johannesburg, but insists that the City will allocate units based on the housing waiting list.

“The Department of Housing anticipates that the first batch of allocations will be handed over to the rightful beneficiaries by end of September, using the housing waiting list in line with council resolution. This is targeted at our Lufhereng site, in the south of Johannesburg, which in total will yield 2000 units once the project has been completed in full,” said Councillor Mabaso.

Since the beginning of the lockdown in March, Councillor Mabaso has handed over development sites and held several sod-turning ceremonies in order to allow for the construction to proceed speedily on various projects.

Contractors were appointed to expedite construction of the temporary relocation units for the duration of a three to four month period.

This project, Councillor Mabaso explains, is intended to reduce densification in certain areas across the City and to ensure those that are overcrowded, including Protea and others, are decongested and that people who reside there have access to water and sanitation urgently.

While President Cyril Ramaphosa called on people living in overcrowded areas to be relocated, right at the onset of Covid-19, Councillor Mabaso says Lufhereng is the only service delivery project in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“We have other projects that are currently in the pipeline. We will soon be allocating residents in different parts of the city where people are highly congested, including Alexandra, Diepsloot, Rabie Ridge, among others,” he said. 

Councillor Mabaso has reiterated the department’s commitment to serve residents of the City of Joburg, and to give them dignified houses with ablution facilities but he has pleaded for patience in the allocation of houses.