By Proffesor Ndawonde
Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg has pledged to upgrade all informal settlements in the city by 2014, says the city's Mayor Amos Masondo.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, Mayor Masondo said through its innovative Informal Settlement Formalisation and Upgrading Programme, the city will formalise all the 180 informal settlements comprising of more than 200 000 households.
He affirmed the city intends to improve the lives of people living in informal settlements by building quality houses or relocating them to areas with better conditions.
"The objective of the programme is to attend to all informal settlements within the city boundaries and to improve the living conditions of residents, including their health and safety.
"We are also seeking to make significant progress in the upgrading of services and infrastructure," said Mayor Masondo.
The programme would further ensure that all settlements within the municipality boundaries are legally recognised and that where settlements are hazardously or poorly located, alternative provision would be made.