Gauteng News

Mega human settlements and land distribution to redress challenges

Charmaine Kgopa

The Gauteng Premier David Makhura has reassured citizens that the mega human settlements project in the province is a champion for attracting investors. He said this during his presentation of the 2018 State of the Province Address at the Gauteng Provincial legislature today.

Premier Makhura said that although the mega human settlements addresses the housing backlog faced in the province, the mega project has also attracted more than R100 billion which is expected to boost Gauteng’s provincial economy.

Speaking at the Provincial Legislature, Premier Makhura said: “A total of thirty-one new mega settlements projects have been approved for all the five development corridors of the City Region. These projects will yield more than 700 000 housing opportunities over a five-year period.”

He said that the provincial government is also paying attention to completing legacy projects that are smaller projects, which have had existing problems for over a decade.

Through the Ntirhisano outreach programme, people have been making calls to the provincial government to make land available so that they can build their own houses to create a productive economic activity.

The Premier has promised to work with municipalities, national government departments, state owned enterprises to release land that belongs to the state, for productive use.

“As an urban province, the land question is particularly pressing when we seek to overcome apartheid spatial and economic injustice through integrated and sustainable human settlements, security of land tenure, support of urban agriculture by absentee land lords, which will be expropriated and allocated to our people for their own advancement,” said Premier Makhura.

He further reiterated that the land issue requires political parties, civil society and business to redress the historical injustice bestowed upon South African citizens.