Housing project to go ahead

A quick look through the Herald's archives revealed the development was advertised in the classifieds section under 'legal notices' on May 13, 2015.

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has confirmed that the ‘Brakpan Extension 13 Development’ is certain to happen.

The Herald reported on the plans in last week’s edition, “Metro keeping mum on mega housing project”.

According to Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe, the development is within the last phase of the township establishment process with the opening of the Township Register and Proclamation thereof programmed for completion by mid-2018.

Asked whether residents can object to the development, Gadebe explained that the objection period has lapsed.

“As with every development that is planned, a public participation process is held by placing advertisements on site and in newspapers,” he said.

“Here the Interested and Affected Parties can comment, raise their concerns or object to the development.”

“This process forms part of the initial planning process of every development.”

As for the people living illegally on the land in the hope that they can lay claim to houses once they have been built, Gadebe explained that the development will be integrated and consist of subsidised houses, bonded houses, etc, and that the acquisition of subsidised houses will be totally dependent on the beneficiary administration process.

He also confirmed that residents from the Plastic City informal settlement will be moved to the area.

“They are part of the beneficiaries according to the migration plan, however, they are subject to the beneficiary administration process that will confirm full subsidy qualifiers and those who can get rental stock or bonded housing,” he added.

The municipality failed to comment on how much the development would cost.


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