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Paul Mashatile to expedite Gauteng housing projects

The MEC said he is ready to start his work and will look into issues of housing and title deed.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Human Settlements MEC, Paul Mashatile said Gauteng's housing and title deed allocations need to be implemented faster, as they can ensure a better life for more people.

Mashatile was speaking at the office of the Premier yesterday, where he was officially sworn in.

Premier David Makhura has already started the process of housing allocations, visiting various townships in Tshwane this week.

Mashatile said the implementation of mega projects, such as the construction of new cities, will start this year.

"We're going to build new cities in the Vaal, the river city and somewhere here in Johannesburg."

Despite these large projects he said improving the living conditions of those in informal settlements will always be a priority.

"We need to ensure that there are more developments that will accommodate them, particularly closer to work opportunities."

The newly appointed MEC said he is ready to start his work and will look into issues of housing and title deed allocations immediately.

Mashatile said he has already identified areas in his portfolio that need to be promptly addressed.

Once such area is the allocation of title deeds to residents, a process he said officials must start speeding up.