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04/11/2015: Clearing of Kliptown's informal settlements gathers momentum
04 November 2015
The City of Johannesburg, today, handed over 60 fully subsided freehold RDP housing units in Kliptown Extension 6, Soweto, to residents being relocated from the Chris Hani, Fred Clarke and Charter Square informal settlements.

Another group of 50 beneficiaries will take occupancy of their RDP houses later this month.

The allocations are part of the Kliptown Urban Renewal Programme undertaken by the City of Johannesburg. The ongoing Urban Renewal Programme, which started in 2005, is aimed at clearing the Greater Kliptown area of informal settlements and providing residents with formal housing units.

Flanked by Eldorado Park, Dlamini, Pimville and Moroka, the area comprises a retail node, limited formal housing and densely inhabited informal settlements.

The relocation and allocation process is undertaken in a block-by-block, phased approach. Vacant land is first developed before families are moved into the area.

The development is funded by the Gauteng Provincial Government's Local Government and Housing Department in agreement with the City of Johannesburg.
Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Cllr Parks Tau described the new houses handover as another development milestone for the community of Kliptown.

“The primary objective of the Johannesburg Housing Department is to complete the redevelopment of Kliptown timeously. This also includes the re-housing of those residents living in informal structures - in the shortest and most viable timeframe possible while stimulating the development of the overall integrated Kliptown project through infrastructure investment,” Mayor Tau said.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing, Cllr Dan Bovu said: "The development is a high priority upgrading, restructuring and renewal project addressing the needs and requirements of the Kliptown community.”
“The Johannesburg Housing Department is currently managing the technical and legal process of the development up to the delivery of a serviced, proclaimed stand and house construction," he said.

There are 14 informal settlements in Kliptown. These are Fred Clarke, Chris Hani (Chicken Farm), Charter Square, Market, Angola, Firstgate, Geelkamers, Johnson Stop, Mandela Square, Ngubane, Racecourse, Tamatievlei, Vaalkamers and Winnie Camp.

The total housing backlog in all the 14 informal settlements stands at 6 900 households, all of which have to be catered for in the Greater Kliptown project.
At present the project comprises six precincts that can be independently proclaimed as townships. To date a total of 1 129 RDP houses have been completed in Pimville Zone 9 and Klipspruit Ext 2.

Construction of RDP houses is at present under way in Klipspruit Extensions 6 and 11.

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Last Updated on 04 November 2015