Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO)
9 February 2018
THE DEVLAND SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO), would like to caution the public about an SMS notice and letter on JOSHCO letterhead doing rounds about allocations and enquiries for JOSHCO projects.
Unexpectedly, JOSHCO staff members were attacked by a group of unidentified people on the 6th of February 2018 at Central Park offices behind Bara mall during the enquiry process. JOSHCO stationery was forcefully taken during the attack, branding material was burnt as well as enquiry forms which were completed by the residents that arrived in the morning.
The attackers demanded that allocations for the Devland project exclude resident of Freedom Park; and prioritise certain wards. These kinds of disruptions are discouraging to the dedicated staff members that are concerned about the rising number of enquires on all project, however we are pleased as a company that Law enforcement agencies are investigating the attack and arrests are expected soon.
In the meanwhile, enquiries on the Devland project have been suspended till further notice and the public is advised to take note of the following:
1. JOSHCO does not have a specific individual dealing with enquiries.
2. JOSHCO does not send notifications via SMS or WhatsApp.
3. JOSHCO has NEVER issued a notice about applications for Devland Project to take place on the 10th and 11th for wards 17, 18,19,22,25 at Central Camp office (behind Bara mall).
It is important that the public avoid becoming victims of scammers by all means and disregard the bogus scam circulated via SMS/MMS/WhatsApp.
Do not call JOSHCO staff members individually or send messages to enquire on any of the projects except through the head office landline: 011 406 7300/7362. firstname.lastname@example.org – this will lead to solicitation of bribe from people posing as JOSHCO staff, please be aware.
JOSHCO uses formal communication platforms to reach a large audience/ the general public: Website: www.joshco.co.za
Social media pages
Facebook: Joshco Coj
As the CEO of JOSHCO, I wish to make it clear that no amount of threats and violence will deter JOSHCO from its mandate to provide affordable rental accommodation to the residents of Johannesburg in the low-income bracket.
The Devland Social Housing Development is located in Soweto and it yields 255 rental units within 46 blocks. This is a rent only project.
JOSHCO does not cater for rent to buy or RDP stock.
Issued by the City of Joburg
For more information, please contact:
The JOSHCO Communications Department
Tel: 011 403 7300/ 7308/ 7325