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Brickfields Building Promotion

JHC is currently running the Brickfields Building Promotion and prospective tenants who sign a lease with us will NOT pay rent on the first month of occupation. The promotion is valid until vacant units are filled. Terms & Conditions apply. Call : 010 593 0200

Show days for Umndeni Gardens

Show Days for Umndeni Gardens on 3 Malan, Fordsburg were held on 11 & 18th January. These allow prospective tenants to chose a flat which they prefer before applying. Showing of units is arranged for all prospective tenants who apply for a unit. The building also provides Makhulong's community development programmes e.g play area, Junior Soccer Development and many others. 

JHC Annual Report 2013

Through the 2012/13 financial year JHC has taken the first steps in implementing new development projects and bringing additional social housing units to the market, in line with its five-year development plan and its long-term growth strategy. At the same time, JHC has been careful to ensure that all the existing properties in its portfolio are kept in good condition and continue to provide a welcoming, safe and secure home for ten

Taylors Mansions is now letting

JHC's latest building Taylors Mansions was officially launched on 1 October 2012. Tenants have moved in to this 7 storey building comprising of bachelor, 1 and 2 bedrooms. The building is located 142 Pritchard Street in Johannesburg CBD. To view or apply for accomodation at this building, click on the adjacent slide show or call 010 593 0200 for assistance.

JHC wins the Halala Joburg Award

This award ceremony celebrates Johannesburg city regeneration and is hosted annually by JDA. JHC entered under the category of Sustaining Joburg – Green Buildings, Green City and it elaborated on its ongoing efforts to green its buildings. Among others by erecting food gardens, waste recycling and educating tenants on utilities savings. 

Smitshof extention Open Day - 16 June

JHC's latest kid on the block, Smitshof extention will be open for viewing on 16 June 2012 from 09h00 to 12h00. One unit in the building will be open for public viewing to give future tenants a feel of what to expect once they live in the new building.

On-Track Newsletter December 2013

In September JHC celebrated the official launch of four new buildings which it has variously converted, upgraded and refurbished over the past year. The launch was held at the recently opened Ukhamba Mansions on Abel Road in Berea. We were honoured to welcome the Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Ms Zou Kota-Fredericks as our guest speaker on the occasion.

Dorchester Mansions - More housing for the inner city

The newly converted and refurbished Dorchester Mansions brings additional social housing to the Johannesburg inner city, reclaiming another Hillbrow building to deliver decent, affordable, residential accommodation.

Two Pilot Case Studies in Johannesburg

This report contains a discussion of the findings and implications of the two pilor case studies carried out in Johannesburg. The two projects selected were Brickfields in Newtown and Carr Gardens in Fordsburg. The report gives an account of the context, design and layout and views of the various stakeholders of each project. This is followed by comparisons of the findings of the two projects and a comparison with international findings, as well as the implications for the conceptual framework guiding the research and research methodology.

Men's Imbizo at Landrost Mansions

110 people from JHC buildings attended the Imbizo. Men and women enjoyed an opportunity to talk about Fatherhood and how best they can raise their children as a family. The role and responsibilities of a father were highlighted. The attendees agreed that Fatherhood is human rights issue since children have a right to have parents. As part of the MAP (Men As Partners) Week, Engender Health facilitated the Imbizo.

JHC at a Glance 2009

Estabalished in 1995, at the dawn of South Africa's democracy, the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) has been widely recognised as a pioneer in social housing development and inner city regeneration.

JHC Recognised for Good Practice

In 2008 Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) entered the Dubai International Award to improve the living environment. The competition organisers received 436 entries.

The winners are: The Palestinian Housing Council, Ramallah, Palestine
Water and Sanitation Extension Program (WASEP), Karachi, Pakistan.

Making the City Your Home in Post Apartheid South Africa: The Work of the Johannesburg Housing Company was selected as a Good Practice.

Other South African initiatives which were recognised are:
The Hammarsdale Sustainability Project

The President's Award

The South African Institute of Architects President's Award recognises work from across the entire profession for the contribution architecture makes to the development of a sustainable built environment and the societies which it serves.

Elangeni Social Housing Project became the first inner city housing project to attact a commercial bank loan in South Africa, paving the way for other social housing companies to attract private public partnership funding.

Savage and Dodd Architects

JHC receives Govan Mbeki Award 2008

JHC is proud to announce that it was a co-recipient of a Govan Mbeki Award for 2008, in the category Social Housing Institution of the Year - Gauteng. The award was received on JHC's behalf by Property Manager Teddie O'Brien. The co-recipients - JHC and Madulamoho - will be representing Gauteng in the National phase of this award.

The Govan Mbeki Awards aim to recognise the contribution made by all sector role players and stakeholders of accelerated housing delivery.

JHC was also the recipient of the inaugural Govan Mbeki Award in 2006.

JHC Case Study 20080717

Taffy Adler, CEO of the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC), a private, not-for-profit “social housing institution” in South Africa, pondered the history and trajectory of his organization as he trudged through the snow in New Haven, Connecticut. Attending a conference co-sponsored by the Development Finance Forum and the Yale School of Management in December 2007, he was slightly bemused by the notion that international delegates would consider JHC a financial services organization and, specifically, “a development finance institution.”

Built to Last - A Case Study

When Mary Mangema (not real name) came into the city of Johannesburg looking for work, a better life and a future, she was fearful of what she would find. Whilst in so many ways a place of opportunity, Johannesburg is also a city that has a reputation as one of the toughest places in the world. On arrival she set about trying to find a place to stay and on advice from friends she sought and found a flat managed by a non-profit social housing institution, the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC). In the process Mary found an environment quite different from what she expected.

The Schwab Foundation for Social Enterpreneurship - Taffy Adler

Taffy Adler and the Johannesburg Housing Company refurbish occupied buildings and construct new ones to offer affordable, safe housing in the Johannesburg Inner City. The Inner City had been abandoned by businesses and become centers of crime. Through its 24 buildings, which offer a home to more than 8500 people, the JHC has managed to be the main motor behind the regeneration of entire street blocks and districts in the city. It has invested more than R220m in creating an additional 8% of housing stock in the inner city for low and moderate-income earners.

UN award for Jo’burg housing group

© Business Day

By Chantelle Benjamin
Johannesburg Metro Editor

The Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC), one of the largest inner-city residential landlords, has managed to keep its rent arrears at 3% for 10 years, despite catering largely for the lower end of the market.

This achievement and its innovative solutions to the city’s chronic housing shortage has earned it the UN Habitat Award, which is to be presented to CEO Taffy Adler in Naples, Italy, next month.

JHC makes two more buildings in Hillbrow "Your home in the City"

Large amounts of furniture on an inner city street normally are signs of an eviction. This past weekend, however, the trucks offloading beds, cupboards, fridges and computers were a sign of over 160 families moving into two recently renovated buildings; Cresthill and Gaelic Mansions in Hillbrow.

Both buildings were taken over in the City of Johannesburg’s Better Buildings Programme.

"The conditions in both buildings were absolutely atrocious" says Mike Mohoase, JHC’s Technical Services Officer.

The upgrades took place over eight months and cost approximately R19 million.

UN award for Joburg housing

UN award for Joburg housing
Lucky Sindane

28 September 2006

The Johannesburg Housing Company has been awarded a prestigious UN Habitat Award for its pioneering social housing projects in Johannesburg's inner city.

Every year, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) recognises two projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to housing needs and problems.

East end, west end – which is best?

For some time concern has been expressed about the lack of activity in the area to the east of the centre city. To a large extent the concentration appears to have been on the other side of the core, namely to the west. Completed residential accommodation includes the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) projects, Tribunal Gardens and Carr Gardens; and the Cope Housing development, all at the Fordsburg end of Newtown; and the JHC's Brickfields development at the city end. © www.joburg.org.za

Billionaire donors give back to the poor

Africa is hot property at the moment. American publication Vanity Fair's July issue is dedicated to the continent, with such figures as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Madonna,Oprah Winfrey and George Bush playing prominent roles in the "African conversation".

Taffy Adler Cup 2007

This year Youth Day was celebrated by JHC tenants and staff in a sporting fashion.

Hundreds of soccer enthusiasts attended first Taffy Adler Top 8 Soccer Tournament. Initially there were fourteen Makhulong A Matala Soccer League teams and only eight qualified to participate in this exhilarating tournament.

The tournament was initiated by the Makhulong A Matala Soccer League Committee. It was held in recognition of the contribution Taffy Adler, CEO of JHC, has made to the lives of the thousands of women, men and children staying in JHC buildings.

Finalists Announced For Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with Ernst & Young announced the
finalists for the Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007 last week. These awards acknowledge the positive impact of their efforts on South Africa through a focus on social change, innovation and sustainability.

The City vs Sandton

A wide range of variables involved in an investment in Johannesburg's northern suburbs, carry with them a certain level of uncertianty. Not only is there an over-supply of investment apartments, but purchase prices are high, and rentals are low relative to this price. More often than not in an attempt to make a return, units are bought off plan and sold before they have even been transferred. © South African Property Review SAPOA

BEE Scheme exceeds expectations

ApexHi’s BEE initiative announced in the latter part of 2006 has exceeded all expectations and realised its five year objectives within a matter of months. Makhulong A Matala Community Services

Department announces new Tribunal members

Housing MEC Ms Nomvula Mokonyane has announced new members to serve on the Gauteng Rental Tribunal during a function held at Rosebank's Hyatt Hotel. Gauteng Department of Housing

Breaking Ground

Taffy Adler explains about JHC and low income housing. © The Property Magazine

The Beginning of the End

Heather Dodd and Colin Savage work outside the glare of publicity, putting low-income housing theory into practice. Dodd is a product of UCT under Ivor Prinsloo. In fact her Master's thesis was base on insider knowledge of the Prinsloo group's work at Rand Mines Properties at the beginning of the 1970s - not an uncritical work but a valuable case-study of theory and practice out of joint.

INNER CITIES: Hillbrow does bourgeois

Residents deserted the rest of Johannesburg for the country and coast this Christmas, but the streets and parks of Hillbrow and Berea were packed by Ian Fife. © Financial Mail

Property prices in Joburg city centre out of reach for the poor

The revival of Johannesburg’s inner city has seen an escalation in the value of property, making it more difficult for government and nonprofit organisations to provide much needed social housing for low-income earners by Chantelle Benjamin, Business Day. © Business Day

New Year’s Eve in South Africa...

Where would be a good place to spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa?

This question was posed on a forum on the Yahoo search engine a few weeks ago. One contributor suggested: “Try out Hillbrow in Johannesburg! You will catch all the action-stabbings, shootings, fridges and washing machines thrown out of windows and lots more…”

Bring on more houses

Joburgers are getting housed - but more can still be done writes Reggy Moalusi of the Daily Sun. Please use the link below to access a scanned version of the article. © Daily Sun

Mural part of City's public art programme

By Lucille Davie

© City of Johannesburg website www.joburg.org.za - http://www.joburg.org.za/2006/dec/dec12_graffiti.stm

A large mural has appeared on the corner of Carr and Ntemi Piliso streets – the first in the City's new public art programme.

The 17m by 5m colourful Aids mural, done by artists Tshepo Mofokeng and Mandla Manana, depicts township houses and city skyscrapers, below a starry sky, with red ribbons tied around the buildings reading: Condomise; Prevention is better than [cure]; Keep the promise – accountability; Abstain; and Stop the stigma against HIV/Aids.

JHC verskaf veel meer as net huise vir armes

© Sake Beeld

“Die maatskappy is al so oud soos die demokrasie in Suid-Afrika,” het me. Juanita Prinsloo van die Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) gister gesê.

Die JHC is verlede Donderdagaand bekroon met ’n spesiale toekenning vir maatskaplike verantwoordelikheid by die Groter Johannesburgse Sakekamer se onderneming van die jaar- prysuitdelingsfunksie.

Dié maatskappy verskaf maatskaplike behuising in die middestad van Johannesburg waar hulle sowat 22 geboue bestuur.

Keynote address by Minister of Housing

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY L N SISULU MINISTER OF HOUSING AT THE FIRST ANNUAL GOVAN MBEKI HOUSING AWARDS

27 October 2006

Centre Court, Emperor’s Place

Johannesburg

________________________________________

Ministers

Deputy Ministers

Members of the Provincial Executive Councils

Chairperson and Members of the of the Portfolio Committee on Housing

Chairperson and Members of the Select Committee on Social Services

Chairperson and Council of the NHBRC

Chief Executive Officers of Housing Institutions

Finalists of the Award Categories

Honored guests

Another Award for Johannesburg Housing Company

Less than a month after winning the prestigious UN Habitat Award, JHC walked away with another prominent award.

JHC was awarded the First Annual Govan Mbeki Housing Award for Best Housing Institution of the Year at a gala event in Kempton Park on Friday.

Addressing the award's ceremony, Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the awards provided an opportunity for sharing information, examining lessons and strengthening partnerships within the housing sector.

Other award recipients were:

    A victim of its own success

    By Pauline Larsen

    Johannesburg's inner city in the early 1990s was a scary place to be. Crime and grime were rife, companies were moving northwards into the suburbs en masse, and property values were plunging.

    The thing to do was escape from the city, not revitalise it.

    Into this seemingly inauspicious environment, the Johannesburg Housing Co (JHC) was born in 1995. Its aim was to tackle the overwhelming need for affordable housing in Johannesburg's most notorious neighbourhoods.

    Cities Magnets of Hope - World Habitat Day 2006

    The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

    BSHF News: World Habitat Newsletter

    The Building and Social Housing Foundation is delighted to announce the two winners of this year’s World Habitat Awards for innovative and sustainable housing solutions: Johannesburg Housing Company South Africa Building and Construction Improvement Programme of the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan This special edition newsletter provides details of the two winning projects and nine finalists in the competition.

    Singular UN honour for the JHC

    Johannesburg Housing Company, headed by Taffy Adler, has won the UN Habitat Award SA Jewish Report reports on the UN Habitat Award © SA Jewish Report

    How is Joburg really doing?

    © Johannesburg News Agency
    By Neil Fraser

    How is Joburg really doing?

    Before looking at the question, a short diversion: I was privileged to attend a very special lunch on Wednesday, 27 September, when the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) staff, management, board and some friends celebrated yet another milestone in the life of this extraordinary company.

    Prestigious award for Jozi's social housing

    © The Star
    By Anna Cox

    The Johannesburg Housing Company has been awarded the prestigious UN Habitat Award for its pioneering social housing projects in Johannesburg's inner city.

    The two housing companies that receive the award each year are selected from housing companies worldwide which have come up with innovative and sustainable housing solutions. It is the first time that a South African company has been a recipient.

    Joburg Housing Company wins UN Habitat award

    © Johannesburg News Agency
    By Lucky Sindane

    The Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) is celebrating after winning the 2006 UN Habitat Award for innovative and sustainable housing solutions.

    The Building and Social Housing Foundation established the UN Habitat awards in 1985. The awards recognise projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to housing needs and problems.

    Crossing Johannesburg's red line

    Justin Pearce

    "The best thing about it is the security," Sam Maleka, 27, says of the flat where he lives in the Brickfields complex, in Johannesburg's inner-city Newtown district.

    "It's nice to have peace of mind, and no thugs around."

    Peek through the bars of the card-operated security gate that gives access to Brickfields and you see children playing on a green lawn in the middle of the red-brick flats, while adults wander home from work or carrying shopping.

    Inner-city home to new fibre of folks

    By Anna Cox
    Another 200 social housing units - the last phase of the R121-million Brickfields project - are nearing completion and will further contribute to the already burgeoning Newtown.

    Phumulani, constructed by the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC), will bring a further influx of people into the inner- city, speeding up its revival.

    The R32-million development is due for completion this month.

    Dombolo Masilela, the marketing communications manager of the JHC, said the development would further enhance the Newtown area.

    It has been Jozi's year

    By Anish Abraham

    © City of Johannesburg website

    http://www.joburg.org.za/2005/dec/dec21_year.stm

    It was the year in which the Johannesburg inner city revival really gathered pace: in 2005 local and provincial government and the private sector got involved in efforts to bring back the CBD's glory days.

    The task was made a little easier when the national Treasury declared much of Joburg's inner city the country's largest Urban Development Zone (UDZ). This entitles building owners who refurbish their properties to a tax incentive.

    Inner city regeneration overview for 2005

    By Neil Fraser

    © City of Johannesburg website

    http://www.joburg.org.za/citichat/2005/dec19_citichat.stm

    It has been a mixed year of good progress in most quarters - there has been little or no progress in some but with the promise for good (and possibly bad) to come in 2006.

    This is a good time to reflect on the progress of inner city regeneration over the past year, so this, the last Citichat of 2005, looks briefly at how far we have come. We do so by examining a mixture of precincts and sectors.

    Constitution Hill

    A decade of housing Joburgers

    © Johannesburg News Agency
    By Lucky Sindane

    The Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) is 10 years old, celebrating its birthday at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein last week.

    The board, staff members and children from JHC buildings, who entertained the guests with music, attended the party.

    Over the past 10 years JHC's board, staff, tenants, consultants, contractors and service providers have built 2 403 homes in 21 buildings, adding 8 percent to residential stock in the inner city. Some 8 000 men, women and children now call a JHC building their "home".

    Project Review Series: Brickfields & Legae

    The Brickfields concept is one of the latest new build projects developed by Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) in the inner city of Johannesburg as part of the Newtown redevelopment. © Social Housing Foundation & Social Housing Focus Trust

    Breathing life into the city

    After 15 years of living in the city, Gcina Mahlatashana says his three months at the new Brickfields residential complex in Newtown has been the best... Lloyd Gedye investigates the various options available to those who are keen on inner-city living © Mail & Guardian

    In the spotlight - Hillbrow

    © The Star

    By Anna Cox

    The recent murder of two Hillbrow building managers will not deter the Johannesburg Housing Company and other landlords from their mission of cleaning up and securing the area.

    So said JHC chairperson Murphy Morobe this week, at the opening of the R3,5-million refurbished Hillbrow building, Rondebosch, which is close to Park Mews where the two men were killed.

    Hillbrow’s slum blocks turned into housing

    © Business Day

    Chantelle Benjamin

    THE City of Johannesburg’s inner-city regeneration arm, the Johannesburg Housing Company, is making strides in Hillbrow’s rejuvenation, taking derelict blocks and turning them into housing.

    Tenants will be moving next month into the refurbished Rondebosch, in Pietersen Street.

    The block has had a R3,5m makeover. It has 77 bachelor and one-room flats costing between R600 and R850 a month.

    Brickfields - The Regeneration of Communities

    © CITICHAT 24/2005

    As one would expect the Johannesburg Housing Company's official opening of their Brickfields Project in Newtown last Friday was a swell affair. The fact that the President, Thabo Mbeki, was officiating highlighted the importance of the occasion -
    Brickfields was in fact one of the projects that came out of the Presidential Job Summit agreed back in 1998.

    A partner in the social housing sector

    This year NASHO, the National Association of Social Housing Organisations, has launched a number of projects and programmes to ensure that the organi-sation ful?ls its role as an important partner in the social housing sector. © Delivery- The magazine for Local Government

    More Newtown housing planned

    © Business Day

    Another major residential development is being planned for the popular Newtown precinct in the inner city.

    The R150m development, which will consist of four high-density apartment blocks, will be launched in October, and follows the successful launch of the mixed-income Brickfields development in Newtown on Friday.

    Large private property player Zenprop is one of the financial backers and co-developers of the Newtown Central Place Project, which is the planned development of the land around Central Place opposite the Mary Fitzgerald Square.

    Stopping the inner-city rot

    © Creamer Media's Engineering News Online

    Liezel Hill

    The official opening of the Brickfields Housing Project in Newtown, Johannesburg, represented a “tangible expression” of the way that the worldwide phenomenon of decay in inner cities could be transformed through effective regeneration programmes, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday.

    Mbeki's arrival at Newtown complex makes...

    © Star

    By Lee Rondganger and Anna Cox

    Tshidi Tau stood on the balcony of her home to try get a glimpse of President Thabo Mbeki.

    "I've never met him before. It is so exciting that he is here," she said.

    Mbeki officially opened the newly built Brickfields residential development in Newtown, Johannesburg, on Friday, and along with Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa and City of Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo, toured the buildings.

    Brickfields' tumultuous contribution to past recal

    © The Star

    By Anna Cox

    It took more than 6-million bricks and 500 tons of concrete to build Brickfields.

    And one of the original bricks manufactured on the same site at the turn of the century was presented to President Thabo Mbeki on Friday when he officially opened the site.

    According to Neil Fraser of the Central Johannesburg Partnership, Newtown, in relation to the central city, was historically something of an ugly sister and almost always mired in controversy.

    Poor have right to good land - Mbeki

    © The Star http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=131&fArticleId=2835868

    Moshoeshoe Monare

    President Thabo Mbeki yesterday flayed unscrupulous "landlords" who raked in incomes from illegally renting out empty inner-city buildings.

    He also said it was time to put a stop to "pro-rich" housing developments, including gated communities and golf estates, where the wealthy had the best land situated near the best facilities, and the poor were relegated to dusty, semi-developed land far situated far from modern infrastructures.

    Beste grond vir dié buurte moet stop - Mbeki

    Ontwikkeling-strategieë wat die beste grond aan traliebuurte en gholflandgoedere voorsien terwyl armes tevrede moet wees met semi-ontwikkelde grond wat ver van moderne infrastruktuur geleë is moet end kry, het pres. Thabo Mbeki gister in Johannesburg gesê © Naweek-Beeld

    Address by The President of SA: Brickfields

    Address by The President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, at the opening of the Brickfields Housing Development, at the Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg
    Issued by The Presidency
    12 August 2005

    Honourable Minister of Housing, Lindiwe Sisulu,
    Honourable Premier of Gauteng, Mbhazima Shilowa,
    Your Worship, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo,
    MEC for Housing, Nomvula Mokonyane,
    Chairperson of the Johannesburg Housing Company, Murphy Morobe,
    Chief Executive Officer of the Johannesburg Housing Company, Taffy Adler,

    Mbeki opens Brickfields housing

    © City of Johannesburg website www.joburg.org.za

    By Lucky Sindane

    The staff of the Johannesburg Housing Company with the president

    THE R97,8-million Brickfields project in Newtown, the largest ever public-private partnership in housing in South Africa, was officially launched by President Thabo Mbeki on Friday, 12 August.

    Address by the Executive Mayor: Brickfields

    © City of Johannesburg website www.joburg.org.za

    Welcome Address by the Executive Mayor, Councillor Amos Masondo, on the Ocassion of the Offical Opening of the Brickfields Housing Project, Newtown, Johannesburg August 12, 2005

    Programme Director,
    The President of the Republic of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki;
    Gauteng Premier, Mbhazima Shilowa;
    Gauteng MEC for Housing, Nomvula Mokonyane;
    CEO of Anglo American, Lazarus Zim;
    CEO of Absa, Dr Steve Booysen;
    Managers and officials in government and the private sector;
    Members of the community;
    Distinguished Guests;

    Mbeki says land allocation system is unfair

    © SABC News

    President Thabo Mbeki says new housing projects should assist in reversing the settlement patterns enforced under apartheid. He was addressing the opening of the Brickfields Housing Project in Newtown, Johannesburg.

    Mbeki says new housing developments should foster a non-racial and non-sexist society. He says the urgent challenge is to end pro-rich housing development strategies which ensure that well-located land near the best facilities is always available to the rich and is often set aside for gated communities and golf estates.

    Brickfields project dubbed place of hope

    © Sapa

    Retrieved from Sundaytimes.co.za http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/zones/sundaytimesNEW/newsst/newsst112384843...

    The Brickfields Housing project had transformed a wasteland into a place of hope, President Thabo Mbeki said at its opening in Newtown.

    "We have been able to resurrect what was clearly becoming a wasteland into a place of hope, a place that inspires confidence into the future," he said.

    The project was a "tangible expression" on how decaying inner cities could be transformed into peaceful neighbourhoods.

    City on the up

    By the Editor

    © The Star 2005-07-06

    We are confident, we Johannesburgers, that deep down we are lovely souls, spirited and vibrant and nice to know. But we confess, too, to occasional failings. Among these is our capacity to overlook the nice things happening in our beloved mining camp, so as to keep our energy free for complaining about the less non-nice things.

    Jubilant families get place to call home

    By Anna Cox

    © The Star 2005-07-04

    The first tenants have moved into the R98,7-million cosmopolitan housing project in Brickfields, Newtown, in the Johannesburg CBD.

    On Friday great excitement greeted the offloading of bakkies and rummaging for the right keys as the tenants were shown around by Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) officials. By 10am some curtains were already hung as the residents started settling in.

    Inner city development shows a renting success

    By David Pincus

    © Saturday Star 2005-07-02

    Non-payment of rent has almost become a cult among some in South Africa. We have written about this on several occasions in these columns recently, and the Sunday Times recently carried a report about a tenant from hell who refused to pay rent and eventually set her flat on fire.

    First tenants move into Brickfields homes

    By Lucky Sindane

    © Johannesburg Development Agency 20050701

    It is early on Friday morning and a queue of people, carrying white envelopes containing lease contracts, is forming outside the new Brickfields housing development in Newtown.

    They are here to get the keys to their new homes, the first group of 300 tenants moving into the innovative, 600-unit block, on Friday, 1 July.

    Brickfields, an initiative overseen by the Johannesburg Housing Company, offers one- to three-bedroomed flats catering for a range of people across income groups.

    Upwardly mobile are moving back into the inner city

    By Anna Cox

    © The Star 2005-06-15

    A new breath of life will be injected into the inner city as the first tenants are expected to take occupation of the new Brickfields residential development in Newtown on July 1.

    Already 50% of the flats have been taken; a sign that there is a huge need for such residential accommodation, said Dombolo Masilela, marketing manager of the Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC).

    Inwoners trek gou by Brickfields in

    Alicestine October

    © Sake-Beeld

    Die grootste openbare en private vennootskap in Suid-Afrikaanse behuising, die Brickfields-behuisingsprojek in Newtown, Johannesburg, is goed op dreef.

    'n Vorderingsverslag oor die ontwikkeling is Vrydag bekend gemaak en het saamgeval met 'n terreinbesoek deur onder andere mnr. Taffy Adler, uitvoerende hoof van die Johannesburgse behuisingsmaatskappy (JHC) en me. Lindiwe Sisulu, minister van behuising.

    Rented social housing caught in inner-city trap

    © The Sunday Independent

    In an earlier column (July 2003), I offered an introductory glance at co-operative housing in the Johannesburg area - our
    crowded, ever-rushed industrial and economic capital.

    That touched on collaboration among householders with the aim of securing desperately needed homes. It also illustrated two instances of these self-help housing efforts.

    eKhaya: Landlords clean up Hillbrow ghetto

    Hillbrow landlords are taking care of their neighbourhood as part of the eKhaya upgrade programme. Working with the Johannesburg Housing Company and building managers, they are cleaning up the area.

    Getting residents back into the city

    GETTING residents back into the city is one of the cornerstones of inner city regeneration - a trend borne out in other major urban centres around the world. And because of the success of initiatives like the Johannesburg Housing Company, more and more people are flocking to take up occupancy in renovated, secure and well-maintained apartments around the city.

    Please find the complete article at:

    http://www.joburg.org.za/2004/feb/feb26_flats.stm