City of Joburg promises to spend 60% of budget on uplifting poor

The City of Johannesburg has announced plans to upgrade 10 informal settlements in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba delivered the city’s budget speech, promising “hope for Johannesburg’s forgotten people”.

Read: Mashaba: Vote me out if Joburg hasn't grown by 5% in 2021

The City says that 51 informal settlements will receive upgrades to water and sanitation, road access and electricity.

MMC for Finance Dr Rabelani Dagada explains the "forgotten people" include those living in shacks and townships who are largely unemployed.

We are going to spend 60% of our capital budget towards these people, especially upgrading the roads to squatter camps as well as providing water and electricity.

Dr Rabelani Dagada, City of Johannesburg MMC for Finance

We are going to spend R50 million electrify informal settlements.

Dr Rabelani Dagada, City of Johannesburg MMC for Finance

Also read: Mashaba's first State of the City Address promises pro-poor agenda

He says the previous administration lacked the political will to implement their plans and unpacked housing plans and constraints in the city.

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