The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo cautions the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs ( COGHSTA) , Basikopo Makamu, that the 40 temporary dwellings erected at the Talana Hostel in Tzaneen and the 152 temporary dwellings soon to be handed over at Burgersfort Extension 10 cannot become a permanent solution.
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on COGHSTA Jacques Smalle said the party is aware of the fact that the Housing Development Agency (HDA) took a holistic approach towards the de-densification during the Covid pandemic, but they do not believe that this approach will assist Limpopo in any way to alleviate the housing backlog.
Smalle said the combined budget allocation for the 2 projects of R24.3 million to provide temporary solutions at Talana Hostel and Burgersfort Extension 10 is simply unacceptable. “DA will scrutinize the tender processes and allocations of these projects.”
The housing beneficiaries who received the Talana Hostel structures come from extreme poverty and some have been waiting for houses for over a decade. “Without a clear time frames of when permanent RPD housing will be constructed and handed over, the dignity of these beneficiaries remain violated” , added Smalle.
The DA believes economic beneficiation must be inclusive in the handover of RDP housing and this means that a title deed must be handed over to all beneficiaries.