Johannesburg – The City of Johannesburg is approving an average of nearly 2000 building plans per month while some northern areas are experiencing growth rates of 25%.

Dr Philip Harrison, executive director of development planning and urban management, said figures indicated that the city’s population would double within 20 to 25 years.

Infrastructure shortages, public transport, informal settlements and management of development pressures were some of the issues that Johannesburg faced.

Infrastructure was becoming increasingly critical and starting to impact on development patterns, Harrison said.

Serious under-investment in infrastructure had occurred in the mid-eighties and nineties.

“We are living with the consequences now.”

In the current financial year the department was approving an average of 1913 building plans per month worth R5bn per year.

An average of 468 town planning approvals was done per month.