Housing

Housing

Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

Very occasionally a story passes across my desk ­– or I read it in one of the many media reports that I devour daily – that makes me particularly despondent and the  admissions that unfolded at the Human Settlements Summit in Benoni was one of those stories.

The Department of Human Settlements has set itself an ambitious target for housing over the next five years as it attempts to solve the backlog of 2,3-million housing units but research shows this is just a tiny aspect of the many problems that the department itself faces.


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Former Housing Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu – who was replaced by Tokyo Sexwale after she was condemned by him for allowing shoddy houses to be built – is back in the driving seat running the Department of Human Settlements and she is saying that it’s now her turn to stamp out shoddy housing.  Why does this sound so much like more of the same when nothing has really changed?


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Much to some residents’ amazement, the City of Johannesburg has been affirmed by Fitch Ratings as being ‘financially stable’ despite the huge unemployment problems and the rapid demographic growth occurring throughout the metropolitan region.


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Construction projects are grinding to a halt as various companies and individuals wait for building plans to be passed by the council – whether it is for a major new commercial or industrial building or whether it is for a minor renovation to a property in the suburbs.


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Jo’burg is to spend R100-million on new houses for residents of Elias Motsoaledi Informal settlement in Soweto, south-west of the city according to the Member of the Mayoral Committee for housing, Dan Mbovu.


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Infrastructure development and investments in Cape Town’s central business district are likely to change the skyline within the next five or ten years says Rob Kane, chairman of the Central City Improvement District (CCID).   And, it seems, Cape Town is the only city in the country where money is being invested heavily in the old, established and crowded central business district (CBD).


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An armed patrol was driving along Govan Mbeki Road in Manenberg in Cape Town recently when they spotted a man who was casually loading bricks into a wheelie bin.


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A report by the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) has estimated that the government would need to spend at least R800-billion by 2020 on the provision of free housing to indigent people in South Africa – a figure that is not only staggeringly high but so preposterous as to be unachievable.


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