On Thursday July 1, the MMC for Housing of the city of Johannesburg, Mlungisi Mabaso, carried out a control visit in the very dense informal district of Rugby Club in Florida.
The initiative is part of the Informal Settlement Upgrade Program (UISP) where new modernized sites have been created.
The venues were developed through dialogue between the city of Johannesburg and residents of the informal Rugby Club neighborhood.
According to the City, the modernized site will have provisional services such as water, sanitation, road and a storm water network, electrical connections and solid waste containment.
This formalization aims to reduce the backlog of informal settlements in the city and improve the livelihoods of the inhabitants of Joburg.
“The Housing Department of the City of Johannesburg is committed to upgrading 30 informal settlements in line with the informal settlements upgrading policy framework.
“The city has identified the UISP as one of the vehicles of sustainable human settlement to create housing opportunities for those who live in informal settlements,” Mabaso said, adding that this new vehicle of modernizing informal settlements will respond to the de-densification of highly populated areas in the middle of Covid19.
“Residents will be relocated in a few weeks to manage social distancing in the informal neighborhood in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“The demand for housing opportunities remains the root cause of interruptions and objections in housing projects.
“The Local Unity Government (GLU) urges residents to be patient as this is an ongoing process to provide interim assistance in the form of basic services and to address the backlog of sanitation in informal settlements, ”Mabaso said.