City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and Housing MMC Meshack Wyk announced that Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) started work on the very important new high density of social housing scheme in Lufhereng Ext. 1 in Soweto.
Mashaba said Joshco development forms part of a mixed integrated housing development, with 24 buildings consisting of two and three storey walk-up apartment and blocks with a total 407 rental units.
“The building will accommodate mixed income households with gross income ranging from R1 500 to R15 000 per month. These units also comprise of bonded-housing, Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) and Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses. Housing developments are aimed at integrating mixed-income groups to achieve social, economic, and spatial integration”, he said.
Mashaba added that the project will feature and incorporate optimal water and energy efficient practices such as solar geysers, energy efficient lighting, insulation, waste management initiatives, as well as water harvesting directly from the roofs. “The development of new and improvement existing affordable rental housing opportunities for the residents of Johannesburg is critical for driving our economy, and stimulating the creation of much-needed jobs. The City is therefore committed to designing and building quality, resource efficient, economically sustainable and affordable housing, located in neighbourhoods that have easy access to transport nodes, which links to job opportunities, and ultimately, better quality of life.
Mashaba said the development is on one of the four sites zoned for high-density residential developments. He added that ERF 2136 has been chosen to be the first social housing development in the area.
“We are committed to continue bringing “Diphetogo” (Changes) to residents by addressing the inherited housing backlog which has left many of residents without a place to truly call home.