Committee to tackle Zandspruit development issues

The Gauteng Provincial Government says it will form a committee to address issues of development in Zandspruit, Johannesburg.

This was announced by MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile, during a meeting with the Zandspruit community over the weekend.

The meeting follows a community protest last month, where residents demanded the introduction of electricity in the area.

MEC Mashatile was accompanied by Member of Mayoral Committee of Environment and Infrastructure Services in the City of Johannesburg, Matshidiso Mfikoe, officials from Eskom and City Power, among others.

Addressing residents, MEC Mashatile said that the first issue to be tackled by the committee, which will also include Zandspruit residents, will be the illegal connection of electricity in the area.

He emphasised that just because residents live in informal settlements does not mean they do not deserve electricity, however, they have to connect legally.

“We know some of you are used to doing things illegally and some of you will resist change because they are benefiting, please work close with the officials so that we can all be legal and that no one dies because of illegal connections. I also heard that you want prepaid because you are willing to pay for it,” MEC Mashatile told residents.

The MEC also announced that after installing basic infrastructure in the land, community members will be allocated housing stands.

“After we have given a person a stand and title deed, those who can afford can start building for themselves. Government will also act quickly to assist those who cannot afford and build them houses,” said MEC Mashatile.

Enos Maake of the Zandspruit Community Movement said the community demands also include schools, clinics and youth unemployment.

He maintained that the movement was not affiliated to any political party and welcomed everyone who wanted to see development in the area.

The committee, which will consist of Human Settlements Department, Labour Department, Eskom, as well as City of Johannesburg and its entities including Pik it Up and City Power, is expected to start operating on Tuesday. –

Source: Government Communication and information System