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Thousands received RDP homes in 2016 says Eastern Cape Dept of Human Settlements

Dec 20, 2016
Thousands received RDP homes in 2016 says Eastern Cape Dept of Human Settlements

Thousands of new home owners will for the first time spend their Christmas holidays in the dignity and comfort of their new homes this year thanks to the provision of housing subsidies by the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements.

"As at end of October this year, a total of 8 8 56 new houses were completed by the department and 6 816 sites were serviced across the province. The department has ensured that title deeds has been given to the correct beneficiaries. 

"An amount of R1 379 376 billion has been spent of the R1 991 457 billion allocated budget. The department also approved of 316 finance linked individual subsidies for the GAP market," said Lwandile Sicwetsha, Director of Corporate Communications at the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements.

"To date 8070 title deeds have been transferred to rightful beneficiaries in the following municipalities Raymond Mhlaba – 4 999; Nxuba -  178; Ndlambe – 23; Great Kei - 1 009; Nxuba yethemba – 1 265; Mqanduli – 492; BCM – 24; and Nelson Mandela Bay – 80.

"The department has completed 2 state of the art multi-purpose facilities built in the villages of The Thaba- Chicha and Deberha. Both these facilities were handed over to their respective municipalities of Matatiele and Engcobo in July and October."

Sicwetsha said that the social housing programme has delivered 368 units that are all complete and fully tenanted in Fairview Link and a total of 150 units have been completed in the Willowdene Social Housing Project. 

"Our programme of project enhancements for community integration was successfully rolled out on 171 households in Buffalo City Metro and Mnquma municipality which received fencing and vegetable seeds."

The houses are for the elderly, disabled, military veterans and people who qualify for the free housing subsidies.  For rural houses, water harvesting tanks and latrines are provided to ensure equity in provision of public services. 

“We are humbled that people trusting us as the ANC government that we are doing the right thing.  Our Rural projects are doing very well this year and are over achieving their targets and the quality of houses is of good quality. Our focus in the rural areas is paying of and addressing the need of the people,” said Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August.

Image: Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August (left) with a housing beneficiary in Humansdorp.