The Gauteng Provincial Government has announced its intention to form a committee to address issues of development in Zandspruit, Johannesburg.
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 committee will consist of the Human Settlements Department, Labour Department, Eskom, as well as the City of Johannesburg and its entities, including Pikitup and City Power.
The announcement follows a community protest last month, where residents demanded the introduction of electricity in the area. According to MEC Mashatile, 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.
“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,” he told residents.
He also stated that community members will be allocated housing stands after basic infrastructure has been installed. “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.”