R10 billion set aside for upgrading informal settlements

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Minister of Human Settlements Mmamoloko Kubayi, has called for the urgent identification and quantification of all unfinished and blocked projects across the country.

Kubayi said they need to quantify all unfinished housing projects and reprioritize them. “The recent visits to provinces have so far made it clear to me that we need to act with much urgency to address the housing needs in our communities.”

Over the past few weeks, Minister Kubayi has been visiting provinces to assess the delivery of houses and has come across projects which have been blocked, delayed and not completed on time. This has led to indigents being denied an opportunity of a decent shelter.

The Minister highlighted that those contracted to build houses have a duty to deliver good quality, on time and within the allocated budget.

South Africa has about 3605 informal settlements 161 of these are from the Free State Province and 47 in Mangaung Metro.

The Department of Human Settlements has set aside R10 billion over the next three years for the incremental upgrading of informal settlements.

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