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Sustainable housing is still a problem: Sisulu

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reiterated that government is building RDP houses for South African citizens and not just for foreign nationals.
Sisulu says housing in South Africa has caused many problems over the years and this been worsened by foreign nationals coming into South Africa and buying RDP

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houses that are meant for South African citizens at a fraction of the price.

She says her department is currently looking at ways to rectify this problem. “We would like to find a mechanism of how we can cater for people who are here in South Africa but are not South African citizens either through their employers or through rental stock,” she says.
Research has shown that many South Africans who own RDP houses are forced to off load their properties because of circumstances beyond their control.
Sisulu says they don’t encourage people to sell government sponsored RDP houses.
“The law is very clear, anybody who owns an RDP house may not sell before they have lived in it for eight years. We have noticed that people are selling their homes before the stipulated time and this creates huge problems for the owners and government. So, what I am saying is, if home-owners have not managed to get themselves out the poverty trap or their circumstances haven’t changed – they should hold onto the property. If they continue to sell property at reduced prices to foreign nationals, they will only fall heavier into debt.”
Source: The New Age


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Full water supply for Majakaneng residents

Technicians from the Department of Water and Sanitation have repaired leaking pipes and malfunctioning boreholes with the aim of restoring full water supply in Majakaneng, North West.

The intervention is part of an agreement between the department and North West MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Colleen Maine, to take over the running of water and sanitation issues from Madibeng District Municipality.

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MEC Maine announced the takeover during a recent public meeting, where Letlhabile residents expressed dissatisfaction with the municipality’s service delivery performance on water.

The residents complained about receiving water intermittently and high water bills even though most of them do not have water metres in their yards.

They also complained about exorbitant electricity bills by the municipality even though most of the time they went for days without lights.

The department reported on Tuesday that technicians have also fixed a leaking water reservoir which is now pumping water to full capacity.

“At least 1 570 leaks were identified in the area and 1 061 of these are in the process of being fixed. The department is targeting to repair 15 leaks a day per team.

“Also, 10 boreholes have been drilled and four of these will be developed into production boreholes,” said department spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.

In addition, Ratau said, the department has started supplying jojo tanks with the targeting of installing 31 such tanks before the end of this week.

Similar work will be done in Madidi and Jericho villages as soon as the technicians have completed work in Majakaneng.

Source: Environment.co.za


 

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