Metro targets six mega housing projects

FILE PHOTO: Seen during the recent sod turning ceremony of the Leeuwpoort mega housing development are the Ekurhuleni MMC for Human Settlement, Lesiba Mpya and the Head of department for human settlements, Bongani Molefe. Photo by: Fanie Mthupha/Boksburg Advertiser

This is according to Themba Gadebe, metro spokesperson.

Recently, Ekurhuleni’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Human Settlement Lesiba Mpya did the sod turning for the historical Leeuwpoort housing project in  Boksburg which will result in the building of 19 000 houses in the next five years.

These houses will benefit mainly desperate homeseekers from Reiger Park, Boksburg and neighbouring informal settlements such as Joe Slovo, Ulana Park, Hlahane, Driefontein, Crossroads (Roodekop Ext 3), Vosloorus, Kalamazoo and Katlehong.

“In the current financial year, the metro will deliver approximately 5000 housing units and an additional of 8000 housing units shall be completed in the 2017/18 financial year,” said Gadebe.

“In pursuit of this objective, we have secured and are in the process of securing more land to enable us to provide bulk services consisting of water and sanitation systems for housing settlements like Leeuwpoort, Clayville Extension 156, John Dube and Daggafontein.”

He said the metro will also deliver fully subsidized units for the poorest of the poor through the Finance Linked Subsidy Programme for people whose income is above the threshold for an RDP house but below qualification for a housing bond.

“The project has been launched for the middle income earners looking for rental stock and bonded units in Delville extension 9 and Chris Hani Village in Germiston with over 300 housing units completed and ready for occupation from the beginning of May 2017.

“Ekurhuleni’s multi-pronged housing delivery strategy will see the City transform into a modern cosmopolitan urban environment.”

Meanwhile, in an effort to provide decent living spaces, the metro has also set aside R1 billion for the provision of serviced stands in the region.

The municipality has set itself a target of 59 000 serviced stands during the current term of office.

Such stands will sport bulk water and sanitation infrastructure, access roads among others.

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