City of Johannesburg hands out houses in Lufhereng
By Lesiba Lekgetho
The newly-elected Johannesburg Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba recently handed out title deeds and keys to new houses in Lufhereng west of Johannesburg.
Mashaba is expected to hand over a total of 2 000 title deeds to Johannesburg homeowners before the end of 2016.
So far about 342 residents of the new integrated township development received title deeds to their new houses.
New resident of Lufhereng who also received a new house and a title deed 49-year-old Sibongile Vilakazi said she did not have the right words to describe her excitement.
“This is the happiest day of my life because I have been waiting for my house for years.
“I am grateful to the City of Johannesburg for making my dream come true and giving my family a place to call home,” she said.
Vilakazi said even if it happens that she die tomorrow, she will be in peace knowing that her children have a home and no one is going to evict them from it before they will have proper documentation.
After completion of Phase-1 of the Lufhereng integrated housing development, the City registered and transferred 550 fully subsidised units to beneficiaries.
The City is now in the process of completing the construction a further 112 fully subsidised units and 30 units for military veterans in Lufhereng Ext-1. This will be followed by the construction of a further 1 250 units in Extensions 5 and 6.
A group of protesters who wanted only residents from Protea South Informal Settlement to be the only ones allocated to the houses disrupted the handover proceedings, leading to Mayor Mashaba leaving the ceremony before delivering his address.