On Monday, 12 August 2019, I am pleased to announce that the City of Johannesburg’s Housing department, through the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco), has started work on the very important new high density social housing scheme in Lufhereng Ext. 1.
This Joshco development forms part of a mixed integrated housing development, and will comprise of 24 buildings consisting of two and three storey walk-up apartment blocks totalling 407 rental units. It will accommodate mixed income households with gross income ranging from R1 500 to R15 000 per month. The units also comprise of bonded-housing, Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Program (FLISP) and Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses.
Housing developments like these are aimed at integrating mixed-income groups to achieve social, economic, and spatial integration.
The project features will incorporate optimal water and energy efficient practices such as solar geysers, energy efficient lighting, insulation, waste management initiatives, and water harvesting directly from the roofs. These tanks will supply taps at the ground floor level with water that could be used for washing cars or watering the gardens.
The development of new and improvement of existing affordable rental housing opportunities for the residents of Johannesburg is critical for driving our economy, and stimulating the creation of much-needed jobs. The City is therefore committed to designing and building quality, resource efficient, economically sustainable and affordable housing, located in neighbourhoods that have easy access to transport nodes which link to job opportunities and, ultimately, better quality of life.
This multi-party government is committed to continue bring Diphetogo to our resident by addressing the inherited housing backlog which has left many of our residents without a place to truly call home.
And it is this progress and change brought about by our multiparty government which has shamed the ANC following their years of neglect, failure and corruption. This is why they are tabling a motion of no confidence against the multi-party government.
I would like to thank the members of this coalition government; the IFP, ACDP, COPE, UDM and Freedom Front Plus for their continued support.
I am also thankful for the contributions of the EFF which, although not a member of the coalition, votes on an issue by issue basis.