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2011-03-23: Mayor MAsondo launches housing project in Soweto

JOHANNESBURG'S Executive Mayor, Clr Amos Masondo, today launched the next phase of the Elias Motsoaledi Housing project in Soweto – a development that will deliver more than 2 750 dwelling units.

The project is part of the City's plans for the formalisation of informal settlements and also includes the construction of roads and storm water infrastructure and the provision of essential services including reliable water, electricity and sanitation to residents.

Speaking at the sod-turning ceremony Mayor Masondo said the City is meeting its commitments to provide proper housing opportunities to residents of one of the oldest informal settlements in Soweto.

The area is located between the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital and the Devland industrial and forms part of the Baralink development project in Soweto. Part of the town planning process was to ensure the health of safety of residents in an area vulnerable to flooding and located close to a water treatment facility and landfill site.

The project is a joint development between the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing while local residents were represented by the Elias Motsoaledi Projects Steering Committee.

The layout plan for the development makes provision for 1 456 single residential erven with an additional 1 300 walk-up units – resulting in more than 2 750 dwelling units. The project will proceed with housing development on vacant land. Residents will be relocated on a block-by-block basis which will then open up the space for new development.

The project is named after the late Mr Elias Motsoaledi, a veteran community leader and activist from Soweto who was imprisoned on Robben Island with President Nelson Mandela following the Rivonia Trial.

Mayor Masondo said the City identified a total of 180 informal settlements with an estimated population of 200 000 households. "To date the formalisation of 52 settlements has been completed and we are confident that we will meet the 2014 target date in support of our national goal of 'a nation free of slums,'" he said.


Released on behalf of:
Executive Mayor
Clr Amos Masondo

For more information contact:
Nkhensani Makhobela
Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor
City of Johannesburg
Tel: 011 407 7524
Fax: 011 339 5709
Cell: 082 461 7075