Gauteng to launch mega housing project

2015-04-07 10:52
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng's MEC for human settlements Jacob Mamabolo is set to present a "Mega Projects" proposal aimed at creating "sustainable human settlements" in South Africa's economic hub.

"The notion of Gauteng Human Settlements Mega Project was born out of the desire to break away from sporadic, small, isolated and monolithic housing projects," said an extract from a document ahead of the presentation on Tuesday to a packed auditorium at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, in Melrose, Johannesburg.

"The objective is to pursue human settlements initiatives that embrace principles of integration, good governance and inclusivity."

The proposals would be in the context of the government and the ruling African National Congress's modernisation, transformation and industrialisation plans.

Concept paper

It hopes that its "concept paper" would evolve into many action steps to fully realise its strategy.

The proposal noted that challenges facing the province and its population of around 13 million people included perpetuating apartheid spatial design, rapid urbanisation and migration, the increase in informal settlements, service delivery protests and persistent land invasions.

It said Gauteng is the "destination of choice" for many people seeking economic and work opportunities but is the country's smallest province at around 16 548 square kilometres - less than two percent of South Africa.

Around 97% of the province is urbanised and it has the largest concentration of metropolitan municipalities.

Only 56% of the people presently living in Gauteng were born there, and demand for housing in the province was high.

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