- Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has announced that 37 abandoned factories are to be expropriated
- The factories will be transformed into 3 000 low-cost housing units, with 16 of the buildings in Alexandra
- EFF supporters welcomed the endeavour with open arms, praising the efforts to transform the city
Herman Mashaba has announced that the City of Johannesburg will be expropriating 37 abandoned factories.
The mayor says that the buildings will be transformed to create around 3 000 low-cost homes and bring people closer to economic opportunities:
“These factories will be expropriated within the legal framework of the Constitution. For this, we will utilise the fact that they are abandoned, owners are untraceable and monies owing on these properties exceed their value."
Mashaba explained that this is a 'victory for low-cost housing', with 16 of the targeted buildings in Alexandra:
“This move allows the City to put the properties out to tender, with the intention of allowing private developers to create as many housing units as possible for our residents, closer to economic opportunities”.
The 'historic achievement' has been credited to the DA-EFF coalition government, the IFP, ACDP, COPE, UDM and the Freedom Front Plus, with Mashaba commenting:
“A huge thanks also goes to the EFF caucus, which votes with us on an issue-by-issue basis."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba was on a mission to ensure families who pulled smaller salaries had a safe place to live, closer to the city and the employment opportunities within it.
EFF leader Julius Malema shared a social media post in response to the development, which said:
“It turns out Mashaba is 100 times better than ANC could ever hope to be.”
Citizens flooded social media with support for the move, praising both the endeavour and the mayor:
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