Johannesburg MMC for housing Mlungisi Mabaso says the process to relocate people from Setjwetla informal settlement in Alexandra will take about two or three months.
More than 1600 families will be moved to a temporary shelter in order to reduce the congestion in the area.
The residents will be moved to Marlboro and Marlboro Gardens. The MMC confirmed that the structures of those who will be moved will be demolished to reduce the population in the area.
Mabaso says only South African citizens will be relocated.
“We are in the process of relocating 1600 households from that informal settlement to try and decongest the area. Our priority, focus and programme only speak to South African citizens,” says Mabaso.
Foreign nationals will be exempted from the programme. Mabaso says the focus is on those who are eligible for government housing.
“We are taking them to temporary accommodation with a view that we will allocate them in proper houses in future because we do have a planned development for Alexandra as the region.
“We are in that process as we speak. We have a few private developers that are interested in the mixed development project that we are planning. Those people that we are going to identify must be people that will also qualify for subsidies so that when we are done with the development, we allocate them accordingly.”
When asked how long people will be at the temporary facility, Mabaso replies: “I think when you are starting with the development it can take you up to 24 months with your township establishment because there’s development planning department that is involved in the whole planning process.
“It is not housing alone but the process usually takes up to 24 months to prepare for a big project like a mixed development project of houses.”