Mahikeng: North West MEC for Human Settlements, Mmoloki Cwaile, says the province still needs more than 200 000 government provided RDP houses for the homeless.
Cwaile together with Mahikeng Local Municipality Mayor, Betty Diakanyo, on Thursday handed over more than 1000 title deeds to community members of Extension 39 in Mahikeng.
Cwaile said the housing department has escalated the issue of people having ghost houses in the system to national Department or Human Settlements.
“We still need to build more 250 000 houses. That cannot be done over a short period of time. In the beginning, people were given stands, a foundation, a toilet, and a title deed. When you look in the system it says that such a person has benefited, but when you go to that person you find that the person has not benefited. So we have escalated such cases to the national government,” Cwaile said.
Diakanyo said that the municipality will continue to work with the department to ensure that the homeless are allocated homes.
“A lot of people still need homes, especially in the rural areas. As the municipality, we will continue to work together with the department of human settlements because the municipality does not have the title deeds to provide people with houses. When we receive the list of names of people who need houses, we approach the department for it to provide them with houses,” said Diakanyo.
One of the beneficiaries is 68-year-old Boitumelo Motswiri, who was excited to finally receive her title deed.
“I have been living in fear that someone might just show up and claim that this house is his. Now I am relieved and very grateful that I have finally received my house title deed,” Motswiri said.
Cwaile said the department will also deal with people who are staying in RDP houses illegally, while earning more than R3500 a month. | Source Newsnote