DD Mabuza’s legacy collapsed housing delivery in Mpumalanga

This statement follows our oversight inspection of the failed housing projects in Lekwa and Govan Mbeki municipalities by DA Shadow Minister of Human Settlements, Solly Malatsi MP, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Mbulelo Bara MP, and Govan Mbeki and Lekwa Constituency Head, Angel Khanyile MP.

Please find soundbites in English and Sepedi by Mr Malatsi, IsiXhosa by Mr Bara and in IsiZulu by Ms Khanyile.

Today, the DA conducted an oversight inspection of failed housing projects in Ward 5 and 8 in Lekwa Municipality and the Holfontein area in Govan Mbeki Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, following reports that people are living in undignified conditions and that the provision of sanitation services has collapsed in the area.

During our interactions, the residents expressed feeling abandoned by the ANC government in the province which continues to deny them access to quality and dignified housing.

The blame must be laid squarely at the feet of the province’s former premier, DD Mabuza, because on his watch the ANC’s rampant corruption and failed service delivery left communities in ruin. It’s an indictment on Mabuza that the people of Lekwa and Holfontein are forced to live in unfit conditions, trapped in poverty as the corruption-riddled ANC clings onto power.

In Ward 8, residents complained about the continued manipulation of the housing beneficiary list, bearing testimony to the ANC’s indifference to the realities of the poor and their commitment to lining their own pockets.

We cannot allow this critical process to be compromised as it leads to the rightful housing beneficiaries being overlooked for housing allocations. Residents further shared frustrations as their long-awaited homes are being occupied by people who have since bought them from unscrupulous, corrupt officials.

In Ward 5, residents have been allocated stands for more than a decade and, to date, not received title deeds. Others do not have toilets or water.

In Ward 10, the construction of RDP houses is set to commence soon; however, there is no official beneficiaries list. Our people deserve nothing less than access to quality, safe and dignified housing.

In 2019, South Africans will an opportunity to demand a government capable of improving their living conditions. Under a DA government, people will not be forced to suffer the consequences of a corrupt government which denies them a house to call a home.

The people of Mpumalanga are desperate for a responsive government that puts them first and that will prioritise the delivery of proper housing, and a title deed to their home. Only a DA-led government can deliver that kind of change.

 

BOKAMOSO | Johannesburg has a long way to go, but it’s heading in the right direction.

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba gave his second State of the City address on Wednesday, marking the first full reporting year under his leadership. I urge you to read this extract from his speech. Without doubt the Johannesburg we dream of is still a very long way away. But I am 100% confident the City is heading in the right direction.

Turning around a city in decline is like turning around a large ocean-going liner that is travelling in the wrong direction. First you must slow it down, then stop it, turn it around, get it moving in the right direction, and then power it up to full speed.

When a seven-party DA-led coalition took over the running of Cape Town in mid-2006, this is exactly the process that played out. By the end of 2007, visible change was not as marked as residents had expected. And yet behind the scenes, the right systems and processes were being put in place to get the city moving forward.

Mashaba’s team inherited road, water and electrical networks all in a dire state of decay, a massive service delivery backlog and a monstrous debt of R17 billion, R5 billion of which was due this year. With scarce resources and huge demands on multiple fronts, prioritizing is everything and trade-offs are unavoidable. Mashaba is clear about his top priorities.

Firstly, he is determined that the rule of law will prevail in Johannesburg. His team has taken a zero tolerance approach to crime and corruption because the social costs of these are unacceptable. As he points out, the R18 billion of fraud and corruption under investigation would have been enough to build houses for all 152 000 people on Joburg’s housing list. “Our fight against corruption WILL NEVER rest in this City.”  

They are building a well-trained, well-equipped metro police force to fight deep-rooted lawlessness, with 1500 newly recruited additional JMPD officers currently undergoing training. They are targeting criminal syndicates (particularly the major dealers and distributors of drugs) through a dedicated narcotics unit, reclaiming hijacked buildings, cracking down on the illegal consumption of services and facilitating the processing of undocumented immigrants by Home Affairs. Joburg must be “a dangerous place for criminals”.

Secondly, Mashaba is determined to build a highly capable, professionalized civil service that prioritises service delivery to the poor. “Nothing we do will be more important than this, because the accumulative effort of having 33 000 employees committed to a common cause – which is our people – will exceed all other interventions we can possibly achieve.”

Already they have cut wasteful expenditure by R480 million and tripled the spend on repairs and maintenance of infrastructure from 2% under the previous government to 6% this year. If wealthier residents can’t yet see any visible change in delivery, it is because Herman’s team is concentrating their efforts on where services are needed most: in the informal settlements where communities still lack even the most basic of services.

RDP houses are being built, serviced sites and other housing options are being planned, title deeds are being delivered, potholes are being filled, roads are being tarred and maintained – all at a significantly higher rate than under the previous government. But the backlog is staggering; even many township residents are yet to experience material improvements to their lives. The ship is well and truly turned around, but it is by no means moving at full speed.

Mashaba is the first to admit this. “It has to be the focus of our government to ensure that the pace of change increases, and that it reaches into the lives of more people, more businesses and more communities.”

And thirdly, Mashaba is determined to make Joburg a place that is attractive to investors and entrepreneurs. He recognizes this is the only way to ensure sustainable job creation, which is the only viable route to economic freedom and social stability.

And already his commitment to cleaning up the inner city, fighting lawlessness and wooing investors is bearing fruit. “At this mid-year point, R5.6 Billion of external investment has been injected into our City which has already exceeded the annual target, and the achievement of any full prior year in our City’s history.”

He is rolling out Opportunity Centres, which offer a basket of services to assist small businesses, including registering companies on the City’s supplier database and training to improve the ability of SMMEs to tender for city projects. These Centres will house a Work Seekers’ Database where qualifying people can register to benefit from temporary work opportunities in the City on a fair and rotational basis.

An artisan training programme is in the pipeline for young people, which will serve the dual purpose of fighting youth unemployment and providing the skills needed by a growing economy. Red-tape is being progressively cut. In the past financial year, they have processed 95% of submitted building plans within 30 – 60 days.

In fighting crime and corruption, growing a capable state and making Joburg attractive to investors, Mashaba’s team is laying the foundations for what they call “Diphetogo”, a seSotho word that can be directly interpreted to mean real, transformational change. “It captures the idea that change is not an event but a process.” I am confident that Diphetogo has taken root, and that all the people of Johannesburg will one day share in its fruit.

In the coming weeks, I will share with you the progress we are making in the DA-led metros of Tshwane, NMB and Cape Town, and in the Western Cape.

Congress resolutions set those left behind, jobless as DA’s number one priority

The following statement was delivered today by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP, at a press conference at Parliament, Cape Town. Maimane was joined by the DA’s Head of Policy, Gwen Ngwenya MP, and DA Shadow Minister of Labour, Michael Bagraim MP.  The accompanying document can be accessed here

South Africa currently finds itself in very peculiar and trying times. While we have recently seen a change in leadership – and the euphoria and hope that has brought with it – the reality is that the living conditions of ordinary South Africans remain the same. We live in a nation of two halves – those who are included in the economy and those who are not. It is those left behind, and left out, who are our number one focus. Everything we do as a party must be geared towards creating opportunity for these South Africans to improve their lives, and the lives of their families and loved ones.

The reality is that for many South Africans, life is still too difficult. Millions of our people are excluded from the economy, from owning property, from access to quality health care, from education, from living without the fear of crime, from fair access to government services and private sector opportunities. Too many South Africans live on or below the poverty line, homeless and excluded from society itself with little or no chance of an avenue of relief through meaningful social development initiatives.

It is with this reality in mind that the Democratic Alliance (DA) went into our biggest and most diverse Federal Congress – which was held on the 7 & 8 April 2018 in the City of Tshwane, the nation’s Capital.  As a party of government – governing for over 16 million South Africans in more than 30 cities and towns across the country – the adoption of resolutions took centre stage at the Congress.

As a party, we have set some key objectives heading into next year’s election. We remain focused on the future, and on ensuring we grow our economy to include those who are left out and left behind. For this to happen we must position South Africa as the number one destination for investment, we must focus on cities as the primary drivers of economic growth, and the state must not be the first employer, but the last.

The resolutions before Federal Congress build on, and extend, the DA’s policy offer for creating an inclusive society – one in which opportunity is created for those left behind, particularly the almost 10 million unemployed South Africans.

More than 50 resolutions were considered by Federal Congress, each seeking to address the many issues confronting the people of this country. The resolutions provided practical and feasible solutions to address job creation, access to jobs, and the economy; basic and higher education; land; housing; and health.

In the end, Federal Congress adopted 18 strategic resolutions that will form the basis of our manifesto offer ahead of the 2019 General Elections. The adoption of these resolutions clearly places those left behind – particularly the jobless – as the DA’s number one priority. The resolutions are as follows.

Jobs and the economy

On access to jobs, a DA National Government would assist young disadvantaged South Africans in finding work by:

  • Introducing a Jobseekers’ Allowance with a timeframe for all unemployed young people aged 18-34 who do not have a job;
  • Rolling out a national Job Centres project – known as the Khuphuka Centres –  where unemployed people can access job opportunities (including learnerships and apprenticeships) on a local database, get assistance in preparing job applications or receive employment counselling;
  • Introducing a National Civilian Service year to provide work experience for the approximately 78 443 unemployed matriculants – from the class of 2016 alone – to enter into work-based training in the community healthcare, basic education or SAPS fields; and
  • Expanding the Expanded Public Works Programme and giving more people access to these opportunities by making the system fairer and more transparent.
  • Develop a basket of incentives, across multiple sectors, to encourage industries to take up more labour-intensive production practices. Such incentives could include, among others, rewarding those businesses who increase their staff components with BBB-EE points or corporate tax cuts/rebates per worker.

On the positioning of cities as the primary drivers of economic growth, the DA resolved that:

  • South Africa’s national economic growth agenda must be aimed at strengthening the competency and capabilities of local governments to drive growth and job creation;
  • South Africa should simultaneously decentralise public finances and stimulate regional competition by giving local councils a share of revenues generated through corporate taxes of local businesses;
  • Skills development must be aligned to the needs of local economies; and
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is to be utilised as a tool to encourage investment to secondary cities.

In order to foster job-creation, we resolved to unleash South Africa’s entrepreneurial potential by:

  • Introducing an overtly pro-small business policy approach which removes blockages and red-tape in the political/economic system, particularly targeting those sectors which our country has either a comparative or competitive advantage in, and crucially, those which are also labour absorptive;
  • Exempting small businesses from certain labour and BEE laws to help them compete and create jobs;
  • Implementing a Tax Amnesty for small businesses and working with all arms of government to decrease the time it takes to pay its debts, with a goal of bringing this period down to 30 days;
  • Providing funding assistance for small businesses totalling over R1.5 billion; and
  • Expanding support and incentives for youth, informal sector businesses and cooperatives to grow and hire more employees.

Land

In terms of land restitution and redistribution, we resolved to:

  • Commit to protecting not only clause 25 of the Constitution but the inclusive and continuous extension of private property rights to those excluded in the past – as is inherent in clause 25 of the Constitution;
  • Commit to promoting the pursuit of justice and redress in land reform – not by making the state a proxy for land ownership – but ensuring that those entitled to land receive it in the form of direct ownership with adequate support to be economically successful;
  • Refuse to allow the continued notion that land reform should not also include urban land by ensuring that beneficiaries of state-subsidised housing projects receive their title deeds quickly and efficiently;
  • Commit to not allowing land reform to be used as a divisive and racially charged lightening conductor to pull public attention away from the failures of government by actively correcting untruths meant to achieve this end; and
  • Commit to the development and implementation of land reform and land tenure policies that extend property ownership, attract investment, create jobs in the form of win-win partnerships and helps our nation to heal to divisions of the past.
  • Provide those who live on communal land with tenure, and where possible, title deed. It is vital that tenure for communal land is regularised to avoid confusion and/or double dipping on a National housing list.

Moreover, we resolved to support:

  • The removal of pre-emptive clauses from RDP titles;
  • The conversion of all previously-disadvantaged occupied council urban plots to full ownership;
  • The transfer of superfluous state land to the homeless – free of charge. Land can be transferred into full and immediate ownership under secure and unambiguous title that can be easily sold, mortgaged or let; and
  • Amend the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act of 70 of 1970 to allow for financial support of smaller and affordable plots of land – so as to allow farmers to give freehold title to farm workers residents on their farms.

Housing

On access to adequate housing, the DA resolved to:

  • Give people ownership of the land they live on by giving them title deeds;
  • Create a single, national housing list, which every local government’s housing list must reconcile with, to cut down on corruption and the possibility of benefitting twice; and
  • Launch a national housing audit to verify that only the real owners live in RDPs.

Furthermore, we resolved to enhance access to affordable housing opportunities, through increasing the number of options people have as follows:

  • Either, stay on the list for either an RDP home or GAP housing, as appropriate;
  • Sign up for the Home Voucher Scheme which will give you a R150 000 home voucher (this amount should be market related to account for inflation amongst other factors), which you can use to build your own home on a government-provided site which will be connected to water and electricity– or to use as a deposit towards buying an already-existing house; or
  • Choose to live in one of the new mixed income high-rise apartment buildings which will be built by the government in major urban centres, designed to enable residents to work, live, play and pray close to the cities, to bring people closer to work opportunities.

Basic Education

Noting that while there are many excellent and dedicated teachers in South Africa, there are currently over 8 million children attending dysfunctional schools where the quality of teaching, in general, is not up to standard. To radically improve the quality of teaching in our poorest schools, we resolved to:

  • Roll out online and digital learning platforms to every school;
  • Ensure that curricula prepares students to be productive members of society and teaches the skills which will be required when they become adults (such as a focus on practical ICT skills);
  • Introduce specialist Teacher Training Colleges in every province;
  • Establish a National Education Inspectorate to ensure that teaching standards are met;
  • Convert struggling schools to collaboration schools, where appropriate, to improve management and teaching at these schools;
  • Declare principals, cleaners and food providers as providing ‘essential services’ at all schools where they are full-time employees.
  • Ensure the appointment of senior positions at a provincial and national level require the relevant experience; and
  • Ensure the appointment of senior positions at a provincial and national level require the relevant experience.

Higher Education and Training

We resolved to:

  • Expand access to tertiary institutions with the rollout of a range of online courses and programmes in a variety of fields in collaboration with existing universities and colleges;
  • Ensure the Ministry of Higher Education and Training provides learning opportunities for all through two streams of higher education:
    • The first would focus on more academic and research-based training at public universities focusing on important research and innovation outputs such as in medicine and tech; and
    • The second would be providing quality technical and vocational learning and skills development through well-managed TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) colleges, work-based apprenticeships, community colleges, private training providers, skills institutes and online learning to include curricula which meet the requirements of our economy through the provision of practical courses in ICT, for example, such as coding.
  • Introduce a new funding model to guarantee that no deserving student is unable to study because they cannot afford it;
  • Introduce College Vouchers to allow deserving students to choose their preferred TVET college and qualification based on scarce and critical skills; and
  • Reintroduce agricultural colleges in areas where the need exists.

Moreover, we resolved to create more up-skilling opportunities leading to more jobs for South Africans by implementing a new vision for the Technical and Vocational Learning and Skills Development (TVLSD) sector as well as creating a new National Skills Development strategy which will:

  • Fix and revamp TVET Colleges and SETAs;
  • Make use of in-house or privatised skills training for companies where possible and appropriate;
  • Roll out Khuphuka Opportunity Centres to provide access to career guidance, job profiling and assistance in finding education, work and apprenticeship opportunities;
  • Create new apprenticeship programmes;
  • Increase the involvement of the private sector and labour organisations in training and skills development decision-making; and
  • Enable a more diverse and competitive training provider market in the country

Health

In order to rectify the current challenges facing the citizens of South Africa, with regard to access to quality primary medical healthcare and availability of medication, we resolved to:

  • Introduce an Expanded Clinic Building Programme in under-served areas nationwide, with an additional R2 billion allocated as a cross-subsidy for building and staffing to assist in reaching the DA-adjusted national goal of building 50 new facilities;
  • Make available a further R2 billion, part of which would be used to grow medical school placements for multiple skills, including, doctors, specialist nurses, occupational and physical therapists, public health specialists and miscellaneous other professions, such as clinical associates;
  • Conduct feasibility studies for underserved areas in order to assess the impact of extended clinic operating hours, and where applicable, primary healthcare facility operating hours will be extended to provide better healthcare services to the people of South Africa.
  • Ensure support from all government stakeholders (such as transport, infrastructure and police) for the extension of hours at public health care clinics: and
  • Provide mobile clinics for existing settlements which are not yet formalised and exist beyond a 5km radius from existing public health facilities.

National Minimum Wage

The single biggest threat to our country and its future is our rampant unemployment crisis. Today, almost 10 million South Africans currently cannot find work or have given up looking for work, and our expanded unemployment rate sits at a staggering 36.3%. The result is that our country is split into economic insiders and economic outsiders – those who have a job and those who do not. This divide is sustained by a rigid labour environment and a low-growth economy that is failing to compete on the regional and global stage. Due to this, our economy simply cannot absorb new jobseekers, while at the same time keeping the long-term unemployed locked out.

By operation, the longer an individual is unemployed and outside of the economy, the less chance they have of finding work and entering the economy. This leaves millions of South Africans without hope of ever finding a job and improving their lives and the lives of their families and loved ones.

The DA’s fight will always be for those who are left out of the economy – the jobless and the marginalized. The creation of opportunity for the millions of unemployed South Africans is our primary goal, and every policy, law or regulation must be assessed through this prism: whether it aids job creation or stifles it.

It is within this context we must consider the proposed National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As far back as 2014, NEDLAC and Cyril Ramaphosa announced their intention to introduce a National Minimum Wage. Following years of negotiations, three pieces of legislation were brought before Parliament at the end of 2017 – paving the road for the introduction of National Minimum Wage. These bills are:

  • Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill [B30, 2017];
  • National Minimum Wage Bill [B31, 2017]; and
  • Labour Relations Amendment Bill [B32, 2017].

In November 2017, the Department of Labour released the National Minimum Wage Bill that seeks to institute a national minimum wage of R20 per hour, or approximately R3,900 a month for a 45-hour workweek.

While below the working poverty line of approximately R4,750 per month, the national minimum wage is set to raise wages for about one third of the formal sector workforce. Arguably this makes the National Minimum Wage Bill the most important piece of labour market legislation since the current labour relations regime was put in place in the 1990s.

Federal Congress discussed and considered the introduction of a blanket National Minimum Wage, particularity as to how we can include the voice of the almost 10 million unemployed South Africans in this matter – as it will have far-reaching implications for those without a job.

Our first concern with a blanket National Minimum Wage – and by extension these three bills – is a procedural one. At present, the stakeholders party to National Minimum Wages discussions are Government, Business and Labour. These stakeholders have enormous collective power, and naturally, each represent their own interests in the matter. However, the voice of the jobless in completely absent from the process. It cannot be that almost 10 million directly affected South Africans were afforded little opportunity to have their say on what is a massively important policy for the economy and the labour market.

Our second concern is a consequential one. The imposition of a blanket National Minimum Wage will have the undesired effect of creating great uncertainty and volatility when it comes to the most vulnerable workers in the economy. It is widely accepted that a blanket NMW will lead to job losses, as the hand of employers will be forced to adjust to a government intervention which was not market-driven. Government openly concedes this, as National Treasury estimated that 715 000 jobs are at risk following the introduction of a National Minimum Wage. Despite this, Government is adamant to proceed.

With the most vulnerable workers in the firing line, and the unemployed standing even less of a chance of breaking into the economy, we are of the view that a blanket National Minimum Wage is unfeasible, no matter how politically convenient it is for the ANC.

The DA’s position

It must be stated up front that the DA supports the intentions of a National Minimum Qage seeking to protect the most vulnerable workers from abuse. Our shameful history has been one of long-standing abuse of workers’ rights for the benefit of a small group of individuals. We must not allow this trend to continue 24 years into democracy. However, we reject politicians who try to use minimum wages to buy votes.

The debate is thus about how best we protect workers from abuse, while also advancing the interests of the almost 10 million unemployed South Africans – many of whom will suffer if a blanket National Minimum Wage is imposed. We maintain that minimum wages must be sector specific to curb job losses in marginal industries such as textiles and steel, as well as those where rapid increases will lead to job losses such as agriculture, security services and domestic work.

We therefore reject a blanket National Minimum Wage in its current form. A one-size fits all approach, no matter how well intentioned, will result in job-losses. Sectoral Minimum Wages are important to ensure the rights of working South Africans are protected and to guard against the abuse of the most vulnerable members of our society.

As a developing economy on the African continent, we operate in a highly complex economic space. Within our own economy, we have a diversity of sectors and industries – each with their own unique conditions and demands. Our task is to balance the needs of workers with keeping all sectors of our economy competitive, vibrant, and growing.

Therefore, sectoral minimum wages is the most feasible option. The great benefit of setting sectoral minimum wages is that the peculiarities and challenges of different sectors of our economy can be taken into account.

The DA has proposed the establishment of an independent panel – that cannot be unduly influenced by politicians, big business or big labour unions – mandated to set minimum wages for each sector, taking into consideration all relevant factors, including the need to create jobs. This approach would allow, in some sectors, the setting of a minimum wage higher than that proposed, while protecting the vulnerable in our economy.

Lastly, we believe that we need to exempt students, the youth and interns from minimum wages as well as workers applying for jobs in small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) in order to help people with no experience get their first job. Our challenge is to break down the barriers to entry into the economy. Millions of South Africans are blocked from finding work as there often exists a huge discrepancy between what they can offer and what an employer is legally forced to provide.

To mitigate the effects of a minimum wage on the unemployed, we have put forward the idea of a Job Seekers’ Exemption Certificate (JSEC), which is a document giving a person the right to take a job at a wage they find acceptable. This document would be available to any person who has been unemployed for an uninterrupted period of 12 months or more, and would be valid for two years.

A National Minimum Wage is likely to pose a further barrier to entry into the labour market particularly for those who struggled to find a job in the first place: youth and the long term unemployed. Therefore an option must be given to the unemployed, to exempt themselves from a National Minimum Wage, allowing them a foot into the economy. This idea was considered at Federal Congress, however no decision was taken. The DA’s Federal Council will therefore be considering it in due course. South Africa needs a solution which empowers workers without silencing the unemployed. The JSEC provides such a solution, which allow those left behind a chance to gain entry into the economy and find work.

What the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, the National Minimum Wage Bill, and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill seek to do is replace the current Sectoral Minimum Wage approach with a blanket National Minimum Wage. While intending to raise the living standards of poor South Africans, these laws will only lead to jobs losses, and uncertainly and volatility for the most vulnerable workers. We therefore cannot support such legislation.  We will be making written submissions on this matter, to ensure that the voice of the unemployed is heard.

In summary, a National Minimum Wage has significant downsides. The problems surround the inflexibility of the labour environment in South Africa and the fact that less flexible labour markets tend to have higher potential job losses than more flexible labour markets. In South Africa there is a higher cost of living and more work opportunities than in rural areas. There are also different circumstances in different industries such as travelling costs that vary. Some employers provide housing, such as in Agriculture and Domestic work, where others do not. In this environment of greater regional variations and variations across industries, and against the background of a highly inflexible labour relations environment, the DA believes that a sectoral minimum wage is preferable with regional variations, to a one size fits all national minimum wage, which is likely to lead to job losses. It would be catastrophic to see even greater numbers of unemployed pushed onto the street with an already exceedingly high unemployment rate of 36.3%.

The DA’s fight will always be for those who are left behind – the economic outsiders in society. We will continue to propose workable solutions to create an inclusive South Africa, and we will reject any measures that will unduly discriminate against those who are left behind.

The DA is serious about governing South Africa for all those who call it their home, guided by our values of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity.

[INFOGRAPHIC] DA-led Western Cape continues to deliver

Today marked the 11th DA-led Western Cape State of the Province Address, with the Province now in its 9th year of DA governance.
From zero clean audits before we took office in 2009, many of departments are now on their way to double figures in the number of consecutive unqualified audits. This year, 11 out of 11 provincial public entities received clean audits.
Below are some key delivery facts, and upcoming projects that Western Cape residents can look forward to. Let’s keep making progress in the Western Cape!

Read the full Western Cape State of the Province Address.

DA-led NMB steps up housing delivery: From years to months

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip, recently announced the launch of ‘Operation Buyisa Isidima’ which will be rolled out by a ground-breaking Housing Task Team.
The task team has been instructed to ensure an 8-month turnaround time, from when ground is first broken at a housing project to when the rightful homeowners receive their verified title deeds. Historically, this process has taken years, if it has happened at all.

Those days of poor governance and inept management are over. This new coalition government is committed to restoring the dignity of our people.
– NMB Mayor, Athol Trollip

Operation Buyisa Isidima also focus on preparing an audited and verified list of existing beneficiaries, identifying those who still require title deeds. Estimates indicate that this number could be well over 10 000, all of which this government will audit and hand out to the rightful owners before the end of 2017.
The task team is made up of deeds office staff, land surveyors, town planners, housing delivery officials and a municipal conveyancer.

While there is an immense amount of work that lies ahead of us, I am confident that our vision for a well-run and caring city will be realised.
– NMB Mayor, Athol Trollip

Click here to read more delivery success stories from the DA’s 2017 year in local government

DA-led Johannesburg Transforming the Inner City

On Thursaday, the City of Johannesburg Council made 12 City-owned properties available for quality low cost, low-income housing within the inner city.
This has been a critical component of the DA-led administration since taking over in August 2016.

The City has conducted an audit of some 500 bad buildings, 84 of which are confirmed as hijacked. 24 of 500 bad buildings belong to the City. All of these buildings represent opportunities for creating affordable housing.
– Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba

Through the Inner City Housing Implementation Plan, the inner city housing market will soon work for those who need it most, with public-private partnerships crucial to this strategic approach.

In the coming week, the City will invite private partners to submit proposals for the development of the 12 buildings. In assessing these proposals, chief amongst the City’s considerations will be:

  • the investment to be made in developing the building;
  • the number of  high-density units to be developed within the building;
  • the cost of rentals to be charged given the City’s priority for the provision of accommodation for low income households and students;
  • the degree of skills development set to take place through artisanal training during the construction phase; and
  • the number of jobs created and skills transferred during and post the development.

DA-led Jozi Fast-tracks Housing Delivery

The delivery title deeds is part of DA-led Johannesburg’s 10-point plan to fast track housing delivery and bring residents, and their loved ones, the dignity that comes with owning a home.
Today, the City announced that 253 title deeds are set to be delivered to the residents of Braamfischerville.

“I will continue to work tirelessly to deliver the change the people of Johannesburg have demanded.”
– Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba