South Africa: Mashaba Launches Affordable Housing - but Not for Foreigners

Left: The controversial tweet by Herman Mashaba. Top-right: Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Bottom-right: Johannesburg skyline.
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City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba launched a new social housing project in Turffontein on Tuesday, again sending a message to foreigners that they are not welcome.

Occupants of Joburg's new housing project need to meet certain criteria to be selected for units -- and chief among them is that they have to be South Africans.

In launching the project on Tuesday Mayor Herman Mashaba was emphatic -- foreigners should not bother to apply for access to any of the 525 units because checks will be done to determine the nationality of prospective occupants.

Mashaba said the R191-million social housing project was aimed at poor South Africans and "marks an important step in the City's efforts to respond to the most urgent needs of residents, with safe and affordable housing being a priority".

"The units are only (to be) occupied by those legally permitted to occupy the units -- our poorest residents," Mashaba said in a statement later.

This is not the first time Mashaba has said foreigners will not benefit from City housing projects. In August 2017 he said he would...

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