According to a response to DA questions regarding housing projects in Gauteng, the Department of Human Settlements has indicated that there are currently 257 such developments under way.
Of this, 165 are provincial projects and 92 are local housing projects.
However, the department is not able to provide any names, addresses, number of housing units or timeframes for completion of these projects.
All they can indicate is that they are “currently verifying collated information”.
This complete lack of basic detail speaks to a greater housing crisis in the province in which maladministration and corruption have overtaken proper delivery.
It is virtually impossible to track housing needs, current projects or plan for the future when critical data such as locations and numbers are not even properly recorded and on hand.
The MEC also indicated in his reply that Regional Housing Offices and municipalities are responsible for the compilation of the list for housing beneficiaries on these projects.
As such, I will request that an urgent meeting is convened between these bodies and the department to discuss a way forward.
This data must be collated and tabled immediately so that a clearer picture of housing needs in Gauteng can be established.
MEC Mamabolo, amid an upsurge in housing delivery protests, has failed to reassure Gauteng that housing needs will be addressed adequately.
This is indicative of a total lack of co-ordination and information sharing between provincial and local housing divisions.
This has also been confirmed through oversight visits which I have undertaken to Evaton and Sedibeng, as well as through reports presented by the Head of Department to the Human Settlements Committee.
In order to credibly tackle the increasing demand, the MEC must get the basics right as a matter of urgency.
Mervyn Cirota MPL
DA Spokesperson on Housing
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