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The Joburg ‘2040 Growth and Development Strategy’ (GDS) defines the vision of the kind city Johannesburg aspires to be by 2040. Johannesburg will be a resilient, liveable and sustainable city. The housing department has been mandated to ensure that the programmes implemented complement the goals set by the GDS. 
 
One of the key deliverables expected of the department is the development of Sustainable Human Settlements. This is in line with the policies (such as the Breaking New Ground Policy) set out by the National Department of Human Settlements. The department is also expected to contribute towards the realization of sustainable and integrated delivery of water, sanitation, energy and waste; and contribute to climate change.
 
Vision
“A city which is a home for all to stay and grow – where different housing needs are met in sustainable human settlements providing a range of well-located, good quality, adequately serviced, safe and affordable accommodation opportunities.” 
 
Mission
To facilitate the delivery, in sustainable human settlements, of safe, affordable, adequately serviced, and well located housing opportunities through:
• Delivery at scale of adequate housing in sustainable human settlements; 
• Mobilisation of well-located public land for low income and affordable housing with increased densities in this land and in general;
• Ensuring higher built densities, appropriate housing forms with a variety of tenure types, and the densification of existing residential areas;
• Supporting the functioning of the entire single residential property market to reduce duality within the sector;
• Intelligent informal settlement upgrading with a strong economic, public and green infrastructure focus; and
• Effective management of housing environments.
 

Flagship Projects

Lehae Mixed-Income Housing Development Project 

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The Lehae Mixed-Income Housing Development Project is situated along the Golden Highway, a stone-throw distance from the Trade Route Mall neighbouring Lenasia. Upon completion, the housing development will yield a total number of 5344 housing opportunities consisting of Breaking New Ground (BNG)/ RDP, bonded and rental units. The project will also boast socio-economic amenities in line with developing liveable cities where residents are able to work, live and play in the form of six community facilities, two primary schools, two secondary schools, four crèches, eight religious institution sites, two taxi ranks and four business sites.
 

Lufhereng Mixed-Income Housing Development Project

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The Lufhereng Mixed-Income Housing Development, the biggest housing development in Gauteng, was launched in August 2010. Once complete the development is expected to yield 24 000 housing opportunities. The development, developed as an extension of the Soweto residential complex is situated south-west of the Johannesburg Central Business District. The project’s location and packaging ensures that the community is located close economic opportunities. And upon completion itwill provide residents with social and economic amenities such as schools, crèches, religious sites, clinics, recreational facilities, parks and several business sites. 
 

Fleurhof Mixed-Income Housing Development Project

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The Fleurhof Mixed-Income Housing Development Project is a transit-oriented mixed-income development project nestled along the Main Reef Road, 13 km west of the Johannesburg Central Business District. The project forms part of the City of Johannesburg’s drive to promote infill development within the urban edge. Upon completion, the development project will yield just over 9000 housing units. One-third of which will be RDP units and the final third will comprise of bonded houses. It will further yield mixed-use business centre sites, industrial sites, crèche sites, religious sites, community facilities, school sites and public open spaces.
 
Pennyville Mixed-Income Housing Development Project
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The Pennyville Mixed-Income Housing Development Project is situated close to the New Canada Train Station. The development is built in four phases and offers beneficiaries different housing opportunities. Upon completion this project will yield a total of 3 200 housing units. The housing development is expected to yield affordable and sustainable housing and tenure options, in line with the National Department of Human Settlements’ Breaking New Ground initiative.  Through the Pennyville housing development, the City has managed to provide housing opportunities for the Orlando East backyard dwellers and the Riverlea, Noordgesig and the Westbury communities. 

Key People

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing
Councillor Mzobanzi Ntuli

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Tel: 011 018 6696

Fax: 011 018 6618

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Address: 222 Smit Street, Braamfontein, 2017

Executive Director: Housing
Mr Thabo Martin Maisela
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Tel: 011 018 6667
Fax: 011 018 6669
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Address: 222 Smit Street, Braamfontein, 2017


Departmental Structure

The Department of Housing has five directorates:

Integrated Human Settlement Policy, Planning and Research 
This unit is responsible for drawing up the various policies and strategies that give direction to the City's aim of creating a range of accommodation opportunities for those who live in Johannesburg. The unit is also responsible for facilitating the Housing Integrated Development Plans and preparing housing policies and guidelines for policy implementation.
The directorate is also responsible for: 

  • Developing new policy instruments to address existing gaps in Housing Market Supply;
  • Customizing national policies to suite the City Of Joburg reality;
  • Overseeing “Post-Apartheid” City morphology agenda of transformation in housing provision;
  • Conceptualizing and driving the agenda for “Peoples Housing Development”;
  • Implementing Integrated Planning, Policy, Systems, Procedures, Modelling and Data for Property Development, Project Management and Support and Property Management;
  • Offering strategic support to municipal owned entities;
  • Business planning, budgeting and performance monitoring and reporting,
  • Inter-governmental relations and donor mobilization;
  • Housing information systems;
  • New technology, research and development and
  • Development of policy implementation and protocols.   
 
Contact:

Acting Director: Integrated Human Settlement Policy, Planning and Research(Vacant)
Tel: 011 018 6762
Fax: 011 018 6689
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Address: 222 Smit Str, Braamfontein,2017

 
Housing Programme Support
This directorate is responsible for housing allocations and for supporting the department's various community projects. It also ensures that the necessary legal processes are followed.
  • Other major functions of the unit entail overseeing:

o Public housing project management and project support;

o Development and focus on peoples housing programmes – away from the “RDP” approach;

o Development and implementation of public housing programmes and projects;

o Allocation of community projects and contracts;

o Compliance and funding agreements;

o Project packaging;

o Human settlements;

o Coordination of Financial Linked Subsidy Programme (FLISP); and

o Coordination of allocation and relocation programmes,

Contact:
 
Director: Programme Support
Tel: 011 018-6648
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Address: 222 Smit Str, Braamfontein,2017
 
Human Settlements Programmes
This unit is responsible for implementing the Housing Department’s plans which are coordinated with the Ccty’s partners from the other spheres of government and the private sector.

Other functions of the directorate include:

o Programme coordination and facilitation towards Sustainable Human Settlements across the city;

o Enhancing tenure opportunities and formalising informal settlements;

o Supporting and creating sustainable human settlements;

o Providing access to affordable, safe and decent accommodation;

o Upgrading of hostels;

o Bulk Infrastructure Development (Urban Settlement Development Grant); and

o Human Settlement Development Grant (HSDG) implementation.

Contact:
Director: Human Settlements
Tel: 011 018 6825
Fax: 011 018 6669
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Address: 222 Smit Str, Braamfontein,2017
 
Public Housing Stock Management 
This directorate is responsible for the following functions: 

o Coordinating and overseeing  the management of 28000 city housing properties;

o Facilitating and increasing  stock “hand-over” to JOSHCO – formalizing for sustainable leasing;

o Property management within the regional boundaries of Johannesburg;

o Social and rental housing;

o Administrative services associated with the rental of properties and hostels;

o Financial operations;

o Sales and transfers;

o Sectionalisation of flats;

Contact
Director: Public Housing Stock Management (vacant)
Tel: 011 018 6667
Fax: 011 018 6669
Address: 222 Smit Str, Braamfontein, 2017
 
Business Management Support
This unit is responsible for the following functions: 

o Budget, finance and procurement – finance, expenditure control;

o Administration, archiving and record keeping;

o Committee support and coordinate responses to petitions and public enquiries;

o Management of contracts – Project and Business Risk Management;

o Human resource administration; and

o Systems and processes.

Contact
Director: Management Support (vacant)
Tel: 011 018 6667
Fax: 011 018 6669
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Address: 222 Smit Str, Braamfontein,2017
 

Partnerships
The department has formed partnerships with stakeholders that support its cause and vision to rejuvenate the inner city and its surrounding suburbs and to ensure that acceptable living standards are maintained in the identified areas through increased by-law enforcement and initiatives such as the Regeneration of the Inner City Programme.
 
It works closely with various bodies, including:
 

The Gauteng Local Government and Housing


Reports and Policies

The City of Johannesburg's Housing Department's various policies and strategies:


Programmes
A variety of programmes have been established to enable the City's Housing Department to meet its mandate of providing housing for all of Johannesburg's residents. 
 
The programmes it undertakes are:
 
Public Housing Stock Management 
The sales and transfers programme deals with the transfer of council-owned housing stock to qualifying beneficiaries. Such transfers are done according to the national and provincial Acts and policies.
To effect transfer to the qualifying beneficiary, a housing subsidy is allocated to the beneficiary in terms of the Extended and Enhanced Discount Benefit Scheme. Under this scheme, the beneficiaries are allocated the full subsidy amount.
 
Sectionalisation of flats
Sectionalisation of council flats is intended to give ownership to people who occupy individual units that are situated on one stand, with common walls, roofs and gardens.
It allows ownership of various parts of a single property by different individuals. This programme is governed by the Sectional Title Act No 95 of 1986, which stipulates the procedures to be followed to establish sectional title schemes and the rules that govern sectional title living.
 
Upgrading informal settlements
The crux of this programme is the upgrading of the existing informal settlements that are located on suitable land into formalised townships.
To ensure that these settlements are upgraded, essential services like water and sanitation are provided. The aim of the programme is to provide houses to qualifying beneficiaries.
 
Formalisation of informal settlements
This programme is carried out in different phases, with the end goal of securing land tenure rights for beneficiaries on an already occupied piece of land.
Top structure construction
The focus of this programme is on the construction of houses, also known as the top structure. Once services like water and sanitation have been installed, the construction of the houses can begin. 
Greenfield development
Greenfield programmes target land where no development has taken place. Firstly, the development in the area is formalised; this is followed by the installation of services and lastly by the construction of top structures.
Hostel redevelopment programme
The focus of the Hostel Redevelopment Programme is to upgrade public and staff hostels from the current single sex units into liveable family or communal units.
Bulk infrastructure
The erection of bulk services such as roads, stormwater drainage and public lighting is the focus of the bulk infrastructure programme. This programme is being implemented across the city. 
People's Housing Process
The People's Housing Process aims to support households that wish to enhance their housing subsidies by building or organising the building of their own homes themselves.
Flat refurbishment
The aim of this programme is to refurbish and maintain council owned flats to functional and habitable levels. Among things that are repaired are leaking roofs, geysers, driveways and parking areas.

Housing Regional Offices
Region A
Mr Jakes Pheagane Maponya
Tel: 011 3479960
Fax: 011 3479971
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Address: 400 16th Road, Randjiespark, Midrand, 1682
 
Region B
Mr Hannes Davids
Tel: 011 718-9619
Fax: 011 718-9760
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Physical Address: Diners Club Building, Symonds Street, Auckland Park
 
Region C
Mr Sello Mothotoana
Tel: 011 761 0252
Fax: 011 761 2714 
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Physical Address: 100 Christian de Wet Street, Roodepoort
 
Region D
Mr Ernest Makopo
Tel: 011 933 2257
Fax: 011 933 4076
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Physical Address: Corner Nicholas and Chris Hani Road behind Bara Mall / Next to Pikitup Depot
 
Region E
Ms Pumla Bafo
Tel: 011 531-5536
Fax: 011 531-5651
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Address: 24 Friedman Drive, Sandpark Building, 3RD Floor, Sandton
 
Region F
Mr Moabi Pekane
Tel: 011 681 8114/5
Fax: 011 681 8314
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Address: Eureka House 92 Marlborough Road, Springfield 2190
 
Region G
Ms Grace Nkosi
Tel: 011 855-5438
Fax:011 855-5673
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Address: : No 1 Kartz and Smit Street, Ennerdale Extension 9

Emanuel Sotomi

Director: Programme Support

Tel: 011 018-6648

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Address: 222 Smit Str, Braamfontein,2017

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