Information from the Presidency has it that President Jacob Zuma is set to launch SA’s biggest social housing project on Saturday, 1st April 2017.
As informed, President Zuma will launch SA’s biggest social housing project in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Province.
According to the Presidency, the Westgate Social Housing project is expected to provide decent and affordable accommodation to more than three thousand people.
The project, added the Presidency, is a direct positive response to the housing needs of those who neither qualify for the fully subsidised housing programme nor qualify for the bonded houses affectionately known as ‘gap market’.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the project was developed under the Social Housing Policy for households with monthly incomes between R1500 to R7500.
In line with that, Presidency asserted that the project “is a great achievement for government through the Department of Human Settlements. Government has delivered close to 4.5 million houses and opportunities since the dawn of democracy,” it proclaimed.
Meanwhile, The Human Settlement Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu disclosed that government is striving to come up with laws that would fight the sale of government subsidised houses.
The Minister made the disclosure while she was opening the North West Human Settlements Indaba. She said: “when government gives a house to the needy, it is for the whole family and not for one person.
“No one must sell the house. It must be passed from generation to generation.”
Minister Sisulu also disclosed that government will from April 2017, introduce a centralised database for all South Africans in need of housing assistance.
“Finally, we have approved a National Housing Needs Register. This is a database of all those who need houses, all forms of housing assistance.
“…We are processing all waiting lists from municipalities to ensure that we have a credible national centralised database. We want to ensure that there is credibility in the process of allocating houses,” she said.
Commenting on mine worker’s houses built by Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Sisulu said: “I am impressed by what has been delivered here by Royal Bafokeng Platinum. Our miners are staying in decent shelter. This is a good example of what partnerships between government, the private sector and communities can do.”
Earlier this month, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza exposed plans to build 1 000 RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) houses for the Louisville mining community near Lily Mine in Barberton.
Speaking about the project, Premier Mabuza indicated that it would create employment opportunities.
“We want the people to be able to have food on the table and to have shelter they can call home, while we deal with and solve the challenges of Lily Mine.
“We want the people here to live a better life just like anybody else. They should also enjoy the fruits of their freedom… I am not going to wait for the investors,” he stated.