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The newly completed blocks of flats under the housing Department programme at the union Square building in Johannesburg has been hailed as one of the biggest projects in the Gauteng province. A total of 344 rental units earmarked for Johannesburg residents earning between R3000 and R15 000 a month, was recently handed over to deserving beneficiaries.
The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing in the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Mlungisi Mabaso, stated that the handing over of houses was a stroke of genius on the part of the Metro, as the department’s race to reduce the country’s housing backlog. “The flats are ready for occupation, they are equipped with electricity and water. Furthermore, the rental beneficiaries will have access to roads, malls and taxi ranks”, explained MMC Mabaso.
The selection of residential beneficiaries for the housing projects is done in accordance with the city’s allocation policy and the city’s database to ensure that housing opportunities are allocated to qualifying beneficiaries in a fair and equitable manner that prevents queue-jumping.
Mabaso further indicated that the 19-storey building is a ‘rental only’ type of accommodation encouraging compact mixed-use urban system. Elizabeth Kola, one of the beneficiaries, who has been paying a lot of money for years, explained that she was overjoyed and extremely excited to finally pay a reasonable amount for her housing unit. The 62 year old pensioner will be living with her granddaughter in their new home.
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