Government hands over land for housing

Posted On Monday, 22 February 2016 10:27 Published by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Transport and Human Settlements Ministers have signed an agreement to transfer 72 hectares of land from South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL) to the Housing Development Agency (HDA).

Lindiwe_Sisulu_MEC

The department on Sunday said this is for the development of Integrated Human Settlement project.

“The land, previously reserved for the extension of a national road passing near Knysna is partially occupied by people who work in the area.

At the handover ceremony on Friday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu declared the development a National Priority Project.

“We declare this development that will start after 18 months a catalytic  project, we will ring-fence funds for the first  500 units and they should be complemented with social amenities, we want to see clinics, schools and business centres, we also no longer  build houses where people have to travel long distances for services,” said Minister Sisulu.

Minister Sisulu said it was unacceptable that after 21 years of freedom there are still severe inequalities in communities.

“It is not right that such inequalities still exist, the wealth you see in holiday homes and the poverty you see in black people’s residential areas is not fair. Nobody should live like this, our people live in appalling conditions where there are no services and some even erect shacks under high voltage of electrical servitudes,” said Minister Sisulu.

Minister Peters expressed happiness to see the land transferred to Human Settlements for the purposes of building decent homes for the people.

“My department cannot sit on the land and do nothing while people live in squalor conditions,” said Minister Peters.

Minister Peters also said the handover of the land by SANRAL to the HDA for the development of human settlements furthers the upliftment of the local people.

“The development will be integrated with different tenure options, which will include rental accommodation, Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses and bonded houses. 

“Housing Development Agency, an entity of the Department of Human Settlements has been tasked to manage the development that will see the dignity of the people restored,” said the department.

Last modified on Monday, 22 February 2016 10:59

Most Popular

Equites Property Fund’ prime logistics portfolio delivers exceptional returns

May 04, 2022
Andrea Taverna-Turisan
Equites Property Fund Limited today announced growth in its distribution per share of…

When is eviction legal? All you need to know about dealing with problem tenants

May 04, 2022
Evictions
Buying an investment property is great, especially when you’ve chosen a good location.…

Steilloop Shopping Centre makeover exceeds customer needs

Apr 22, 2022
Rural Limpopo's Steilloop Shopping Centre was bought by developer, GMI Property Group…

Deadline looms for energy performance compliance for commercial buildings

Apr 25, 2022
Energy certiticate
By 7 December 2022, commercial properties in specified sectors must have obtained their…

First quarter Rode’s Report raises doubts over the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act

Apr 25, 2022
Default Image
The latest issue of the Rode’s Report has brought into question the practicality of the…

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.