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Bulk infrastructure at the second phase of the Elias Motsoaledi Housing Project is almost complete, with work on the houses expected to start between April and May.
THE focus was now on providing quality services, said Executive Mayor Amos Masondo, speaking at the sod-turning ceremony to launch the second phase of the Elias Motsoaledi Housing Project.


Executive mayo0r Amos MasondoExecutive mayor Amos Masondo: City is working tirelessly to provide housingLocated between Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Devland industrial site, it will provide 2 750 housing units. Launched on Wednesday, 23 March, the estate is part of Baralink, a development aimed at turning the Baragwanath precinct into a commercial hub.

“This is one of the initiatives to ensure that our people have access to decent shelter. Our mandate is to fasten service delivery on ground level,” said Masondo.

Excited with new developments, residents could not contain their joy as they sang their hearts out and thanked the City for rescuing them from homelessness.

Masondo said the City was working tirelessly to get rid of squatter camps and informal settlements. “A world-class African city is not just a slogan; it is a vision that we are determined to achieve.”

He was joined by members of his mayoral committee for environment and corporate services, Matshidiso Mfikoe; for development, planning and urban management, Roslynn Greeff; and for transport, Rehana Moosajee; as well as senior City management staff, on a day-long service delivery tour.

The Elias Motsoaledi Housing Project is part of the City’s plans for the formalisation of informal settlements. It will include the construction of roads, storm water drainage and infrastructure, and the provision of essential services, including water, electricity and sanitation.

It is a joint venture between the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng department of local government and housing.

Emphasising the quality of services at the new establishment, Masondo said: “We will ensure that all services at this new establishment are reliable and sustainable. This is not just another project; the focus now is on providing quality services.


Finally, Elias Motsoaledi residents will get decent housesFinally, Elias Motsoaledi residents will get decent houses“Part of the town planning process was to ensure the health and safety of residents [who are] vulnerable to flooding and located close to a water treatment facility and landfill site,” he explained.

The layout plan for the development makes provision for 1 456 single residential erven with an additional 1 300 walk up units. According to the mayor’s spokesperson, Nkhensani Makhobela, the bulk infrastructure, including roads, water and sanitation, is 80 percent complete.

The construction of houses at the three-year project was expected to start between April and May.

Makhobela said the City had identified a total of 180 informal settlements under its jurisdiction, with an estimated population of 200 000 household. “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.’”

Beneficiaries of this housing project will be people living in the Elias Motsoaledi Informal Settlement, just a few kilometres away. It is one of the oldest informal settlements in Johannesburg. Residents will be allocated on a block-by-block basis to open space for the new development.

Motsoaledi was a veteran community leader and activist from Soweto who was imprisoned on Robben Island with South Africa’s former statesman Nelson Mandela, following the Rivonia Trial.

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