The City of Johannesburg has handed over more than 5 000 title deeds to its residents.
Addressing his second State of the City, Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba announced multibillion-rand backlogs, progress in awarding title deeds and new projects to create employment.
“We have delivered 5 145 title deeds to the residents of Johannesburg, giving over 5 200 of poorest residents the dignity of home ownership,” said Mashaba.
Mashaba highlighted the City’s progress in maintaining the roads and infrastructure, improving service delivery and creating opportunities for investment.
The road network has been a priority of this government. The City has repaired 181 000 potholes across the City and resurfaced 520km of roads.
On the water network, Mashaba confirmed that in the 2016/17 financial year, the City’s real losses amounted to 107 billion litres of water lost through its ageing network.
Mayor Mashaba also announced that 12 properties have already been released and developers were coming forward with proposals that meet these expectations, while another 71 will be released soon.
In 2017, the City began the process of releasing derelict city-owned buildings for the purpose of developing quality low-cost housing for our residents.
“I am also pleased to tell you that we have extended operating hours at a total of 13 clinics in our City, offering after-hours health care to the communities of Zandspruit., Doornkop, Protea North, Dobsonville Gardens, Slovoville, Nancefield, Turffontein and Doorfontein, to name a few,” said Mashaba.
The City recorded over 87 000 patient visits at these clinics during the extended hours, and a resulting decline in waiting times during ordinary hours of operation.
The City of Joburg have also extended the operating hours of 11 libraries so that more people can have access to a safe place to learn, study, read or prepare to enter the job market.
The mayor said the City launched Operation Buya Mthetho, a multi-disciplinary law enforcement unit, to conduct raids throughout the City to address violations of by-laws, environmental health and building codes and the illegal consumption of services.
Operation Buya Mthetho has brought in a total of ZAR341 million.