On 10 February 2018, Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba was delighted by the City handing out 334 title deeds to beneficiaries of state-subsidised housing in Pennyville. Today, a further 15 new title deed recipients at Pennyville.
As the new administration, we understand the important role of home ownership in the lives of our residents. Home ownership empowers our residents, giving them and their families the security of permanent occupation and allowing them to feel safe.
Sadly, the dignity of living within a home, let alone the ownership of one, is not felt by many of our residents to the mismanagement and inaction of past administrations. That is why this administration has dedicated itself to speeding up the delivery of title deeds so that beneficiaries have legal ownership of the property where they reside.
The City of Johannesburg will continue working tirelessly to roll-out the provision of home ownership to communities.
The Housing Department has further committed itself to ensuring that all completed housing units are allocated by the end of 2017/18 financial year.
During the tabling of the 2017/18 Budget, it was announced that the City has allocated an operating budget of R152 million and a multi-year capital budget of R1.9 billion to fund the Johannesburg Social Housing Company’s (JOSHCO) purchase of buildings within the inner city.
The City has over the past three months made 12 buildings available for the purpose of creating low cost quality housing within the inner city by working with the private sector.
For too long, our residents were forced to live in desperate circumstances due to past administrations’ failure to provide adequate housing. Breaking from the past, we are doing business unusual.
We are committed to reversing these circumstances, realising our residents’ constitutional right to housing and improving the overall welfare.
We will continue striving for the decent lives which all our residents deserve.