The City of Johannesburg is currently calling out for construction, engineering and tech companies to design structure or technology that will allow low-income households to build tradable dwellings in their backyard, in a compliant way.
This follows a study that revealed that there is more growth in backyard accommodation than in housing in new informal settlements. The City of Joburg believes this needs to be regulated.
Anyone with proposals on building these inexpensive units should call 0114076020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director of Development Planning for the City of Johannesburg, Yondela Silimela, spoke to John Robbie about these plans.
Listen to the conversation below:
Twitter has however had a less than enthusiastic response to this:
The one social grant supplement old black women have @702JohnRobbie the @CityofJoburgZA now plans to take it away— sunnysidehobo (@sunnysidehobo1) March 3, 2016
@702JohnRobbie @CityofJoburgZA so you support and introduce PnP spazas and now you want to regulate backyard rentals.— Les Ma-ada (@lesmorgp) March 3, 2016
@702JohnRobbie @CityofJoburgZA yet you've failed at creating jobs. What should those people do? Rob and steal? Your very removed from people— Les Ma-ada (@lesmorgp) March 3, 2016
@702JohnRobbie @CityofJoburgZA good luck with that...CPT informal becomes formal with informal in back yard...capitalist?— Mark (@capevidal) March 3, 2016
@702JohnRobbie what is illegal backyard rental? They can't control illegal shebeens now they want to control our yards. Gov take a bow.— Xhoi San (@tru_wongazee) March 3, 2016