Joburg is to revamp the units over the next five years by inviting the private sector to lease the assets and run them.
Thirty percent of the housing units will be allocated at no charge. The City of Joburg is also looking to partner with the private sector to help.
The City of Cape Town Council has been slammed for not doing the same.
Social housing activist group Ndifuna Ukwazi has consistently argued that the City of Cape Town Council and Western Cape Province should use public land and buildings to advance equitable access to those forcefully removed, displaced, denied or dispossessed of land and housing.