Inner-city rejuvenation: Joburg mum on evictions

Refurbishing buildings and converting them into low-cost rental stock is among Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s plans for the CBD.

In May, he said 1 164 families would benefit from this programme.

Five months later, the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) said 816 of these units had reached “practical completion level”, which meant that remedial work had to take place before the units would be ready for occupation.

“The projects that reached practical completion in June 2017 will attain final completion level and be ready for occupation in January 2018,” according to Joshco.

We asked the mayor’s office whether evictions have had to take place or will have to take place to enable the city’s plans for housing development in the inner city.

The mayor’s office referred the query to the housing department, which referred it to Joshco.

An email enquiry to Joshco received no response and no one answered the phone.

Promise outcome: In progress