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Over 100 families in Fleurhof, South West of Johannesburg were treated to the biggest presents of their lives when the first RDP houses built through the Metro’s destitute program were finally handed over to them. The handing over of units comes after Calgro M3, the chosen developer, officially handed over a few housing units to the department of housing in the City of Johannesburg.
Ward Councilor, Caleb Finn, Department for Housing MMC Mlungisi Mabaso and the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Geoff Makhubo were among the officials who presided over the handover.
The delegation also used the opportunity to interact with local residents and took note of the challenges they are faced as they had so much to tell the mayor.
Mayor Makhubo said the project is earmarked for those on the housing database. “21 thousand qualifying beneficiaries will come and settle here in Fleurhof”, added Makhubo. He further issued a stern warning to those practicing land invading acts in the City of Johannesburg.
Among the first beneficiaries who received their allocated housing units from the Mayor and MMC, was Alice Motha, a 77-year-old grandmother who depends on her pension grant to survive. Motha said she was very grateful to have received her home. “I’m really happy because I never thought that this moment would come. I had to wait for 23 years before receiving this life-time present, and it was worth the wait”. related Motha.
MMC Mabaso, noted that Fleurhof is one of the country’s largest integrated housing projects that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. The event which took place on Wednesday the 23rd of August included the ceremonial ribbon cutting and handover of keys to new residents.
Meanwhile tensions have been simmering in recent weeks after the anti-land invasion unit evicted scores of people, including children, from land and RDP units they had illegally occupied.
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