Here's how Johannesburg plans to upgrade informal settlements


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Among the informal settlements set to be upgraded this year are Slovoville, Matholesville, Tsepisong, Roodepoort, Zandspruit, Klipspruit and Hartbeesfontein.

“These are for this financial year. In the next we will have other ones. Those that are on phase two will move to phase three and those in phase one will move to phase two,” Mabaso said.

He said his priority was to address applicants who applied for houses in 1996 and 1997 and were still on the waiting list.

“You have 36,000 approved subsidies for 1996 that have not yet been allocated and 15,000 applicants for 1997 who have not yet been allocated. Once you have addressed that, you have done justice. Once you have formalised informal settlements and redeveloped hostels, you have dealt with 80% of the problems,” he said.

He said that all the stakeholders within the city, including City Power, Joburg Water and Pikitup, are involved in the process.

Source: TimesLIVE

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