Community get Major infrastructure Shake-Up

The re-blocking at Kliptown Ext. 7 had been delayed for months and finally the Housing Department under the leadership of MMC Mlungisi Mabaso took time to introduce the contractor for the project on the 10th May 2021 at the Walter Sisulu Square hall. In an event filled with hope and a certain future for Kliptown residents, program director and housing official Neo Goba mentioned that, “indeed this is the moment that we’ve been waiting for and it has finally arrived.”

Accompanied by Ward 19 councillor Lulama Sibanyoni, Housing regional director Moabi Phekane mentioned that it was an honour introducing the company awarded for the project, Masston Construction who will usher in a much awaited commencement of the project whose layout was approved by the community, specifically the Chicken Farm. “The project through which the contractor will build the infrastructure will ensure that the people will be allocated the serviced stands which are the appropriate size that was agreed upon and consequently acquiring title deeds for them. Secondly the easy access road it is envisioned to be built, ensuring that emergency vehicles have easy access to communities. More services besides access roads include the introduction of storm water and electricity interventions for communities.“He added.

Housing MMC Mlungisi Mabaso indicated that the project will change the lives of many people in Kliptown. “The place is rich because the Freedom Charter was signed up here.” He added. “Through the re-blocking by the contractor and informal settlements upgrade, 10 SMME companies are going to benefit. This project also addresses the housing backlog issues which stand at half a million in the Joburg housing registry. It also addresses issues of illegal connections of electricity. We hope that employment will be created for so many of our unemployed youngsters through the SMME companies. These companies will introduce the main contractor to the communities who is scheduled to construct 3200 housing units for residents.”

The MMC issued a stern warning that illegal occupation of houses built by the City of Johannesburg will not be tolerated. “Beneficiaries had been identified for the government to allocate them into houses and will proceed as planned.” He advised that there are processes and guidelines for people to access housing. “The housing office is open and ready to address people’s concerns.” He concluded by addressing concerns raised by members of the community and civic organisations that were present at the event and all obtained satisfactory clarity from the hard working MMC’s acknowledgement of the people’s daily challenges with regards the pressing housing and infrastructure matters.

Jerry Sokhupe Soweto Sunrise News