- Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura announced over the weekend that plans were in place for a project to fast track land release
- The project seeks to provide those who would rather build their own homes land on which to do so rather than have them wait for completed housing
- The premier said the land in question would be that already owned by the province or municipalities
Gauteng’s premier, David Makhura spoke at the Eldorado Park stadium in the south of Johannesburg, in hopes of calming growing tension in the area which has seen many violent protests of late by residents demanding free housing and land.
Briefly.co.za gathers Makhura spoke of a new project which will allow what he called, “rapid land release.”
The premier, said the state owned land which provinces and municipalities already owned would be processed to make them suitable for human settlement.
He said the project, now in its initial stages, plans to create pockets of land, or “stands” for those who would rather build for themselves as opposed to waiting in line for free housing.
“We can’t talk about the land forever. We can’t keep talk about the land and there is no progress,” said Makhura.
He said he has instructed municipalities to work in providing land parcels, but also stressed the importance that those areas should be suitable for the development and viable for bulk infrastructure to be rolled out.
“Those land parcels, for human settlements in particular, should be provided with bulk infrastructure so that there is no informalisation,” he said, creating his own term to describe informal settlements.
The premier said private land identified as being suitable for human settlement will be discussed in talks on land expropriation without compensation before occupation was rolled out to people seeking the land.
Earlier in May almost 200 residents gathered in extension 29 of Protea Glen, intending to occupy the land. Authorities ended up feeling compelled to use rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse crowds of protester.
The protestors were demand space to erect their homes on vacant land which they saw as an ideal location for habitation.
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