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Mbeki opens Brickfields housing

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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.

Mbeki says land allocation system is unfair

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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

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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.

Address by the Executive Mayor: Brickfields

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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;