The Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says the government is working hard to address the housing backlog in the country.
Kubayi was speaking during the handover of subsidised rural houses in Nkomo village in Giyani, Limpopo.
More than seven villages have benefited from the project called “Breaking New Ground”. The aim of the project is to eradicate shack dwellings.
The beneficiaries are ecstatic. One of the beneficiaries says, “I use to stay in a one-room shack with my four kids, we will struggle during rainy seasons, I’m so grateful to our government for coming through and helping us with decent houses.”
Another one says, “To me I’m relieved. I can now sleep in peace, my parents took one child so that they can spare a room at my parents’ home. I’m happy I will be able to stay with all my kids. I cannot contain myself, we use to stay in this one room with 13 children, I remember one day there was thunder and lightning, and our one-room house roof went off today. I’m happy.”
Kubayi says her department will help her counterpart in Limpopo to spend the budget allocation on housing. The department has returned millions of rand to Treasury for two consecutive financial years. The funds were meant to address the housing backlog in the province.
“There is quite a lot of improvement, I must say. I did get a report, there were challenges, and we sat together with MEC Makamu in terms of lending support. That’s part of what we are seeing now, with project management what I’m happy now is the partnership we have with entities.”