South Africa: Gauteng launches mega housing projects

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Human Settlements Department of Gauteng has this week launched mega housing projects to help in the drastic transformation of housing and spatial planning underway in the province.

The launch of the housing projects that will be undertaken in five development corridors came just after the Premier for Gauteng, David Makhura, announced his strategy on essential transformation, Modernization and re-industrialization (TMR) in the province.

During the launch on Tuesday, David Makhura said Gauteng will move away from “sporadic, small, isolated and monolithic” housing projects and “mega” human settlements involving a mixture of low-income, middle and high-income residential units. They would also contain healthcare, commercial, retail, public transport, education and recreational facilities.

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Housing in Gauteng has become a major issue and this continues on due to the increase in in-migration. The MEC for Human Settlements in the province Jacob Mamabolo noted that this would change as the Mega Housing Project’s aim is to create more settlement space.

Mamabolo further noted that they want to ensure that the yield per mega project is big enough for more people to get homes.

The housing projects to be undertaken in various locations in the Central, Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern development corridors are expected to take a period of 3 years.

The Government would work with the private sector in conjunction with municipalities to help improve on the province’s economy through improvements in employment, reduction or poverty and inequality.

This project will be spread through the five development corridors in Gauteng. The government has already set aside $0.85bn for various developments including housing.