Mayor pledges 100k houses

Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo on Thursday promised to build 100 000 houses in the next five years.

"In the first three years of the mayoral term, just over 56 000 units have been built," Masondo said in his state-of-the-city address.

The city had identified housing, water and electricity delivery as the primary factors behind recent service delivery protests and had developed a turnaround strategy to try and speed up delivery.

Masondo said the global recession had made it difficult for the city to implement some of its strategies, however sound financial management had mitigated its effects.

"Today we can say with much confidence that our institutions are much stronger and our financial position is sound."

He said the city had received three successive unqualified audits from Auditor General Terence Nombembe since 2007.

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