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More homes for rent planned for informal settlements

Penwell Dlamini | 2014-09-22 00:00:59.0
RDP houses remain vacant in Potsdamís Unit P while beneficiaries have been waiting for allocation from temporary shack structures for over two years
Image by: Yandisa Monakali

Ekurhuleni on the East Rand is reviewing its plans for meeting the demand for housing in informal settlements by increasing its rental stock.

In the past few months there have been violent demonstrations in Ekurhuleni by people demanding housing. The metro has 119 "informal settlements".

The member of the Ekurhuleni mayoral committee responsible for settlements, Queen Duba, said the metro was changing the way it was dealing with demand for housing.

"We must cater for people with their different needs. You cannot assume that, just because a person is in an informal settlement, he wants an RDP house.

"You might find that the person in the informal settlement has money to build a house and the only thing they need is access to land," Duba said.

There were currently 52 housing projects in the pipeline at different phases of development in Ekurhuleni, she said.

Duba said that over the next five years an estimated 9000 houses would be built in a departure from the "normal" RDP programme.

She said Ekurhuleni would also establish a database of demand that would be updated regularly to ensure that the metro kept tabs on changes in the demand for housing.

Gauteng has a serious housing backlog because of the large number of people moving into the province.

In 2005, Gauteng had 405 informal settlements; today the figure is 532, an increase of about 31%.


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