Joburg mayor announces completion of RDP housing list

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Black Like Me Cosmetics founder, Herman Mashaba during an interview on May 29, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mashaba announced on Tuesday that he is joining the DA as an ordinary card-carrying member.

JOHANNESBURG – City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday announced the completion of the city’s RDP housing list, which has the details of 79,000 people and dates back to 1996.

While addressing stakeholders and residents in Fordsburg on his achievements in the first 100 days in office, the mayor said he is fast-tracking the allocation of houses and the issuing of title deeds.

“Around 2,000 title deeds have been handed to residents since the admission of the coalition government,” said the DA mayor, who was elected in August. He took over from the ANC's Parks Tau.

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Mashaba said that as part of a “10-point plan” his administration will identify and complete houses that have not been finished. He also said the housing list will be transparent.

Taking a swipe at his adversaries, Mashaba said the ANC government had spent R153-million in two years on "self-promoting advertising" and R193m in three years on travel.

“The previous administration was out of touch with its people. It tried to run when it never walked,” he said.

Mashaba added: “I’m disadvantaged to have inherited the budget by the previous administration that was handed two months before the elections. We can’t make amendments until February 2017. Unfortunately people want change now.”

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He said the unemployment rate during the previous administration was above 30%, which he said would “take centuries to reverse”.

Mashaba said since taking office his administration has been inundated with reports of corruption and nepotism in various city departments.

He said it was necessary for his administration to work with the private sector in order to tackle the city’s multiple problems.

“With only R10-billion set aside annually for capital expenditure, and a R170bn funding gap for capital infrastructure over the next 10 years, we need to work with the private sector,” Mashaba said.

 

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