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John Dube mega human settlement project launched

Thembisa Shologu

After lagging behind in the delivery of houses for years, the City of Ekurhuleni is now leading in the delivery of mega human settlement.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said this will help reduce the major housing distribution backlog which the City residents had endured since 1996. The City has set a target of 100 000 units and 60 000 service stands in the current term of office.

Speaking at the launch of the John Dube Mega Human Settlements Project in Duduza, Premier Makhura said: “Our backlog is 600 000 people waiting for their houses. Ekurhuleni was lagging behind in housing delivery, housing delivery was very slow. Annually Treasury used to take back the money allocated for housing because the City was not delivering houses. But now we have reached a new period, Ekurhuleni is leading in the delivery of mega human settlement.”

Premier Makhura announced that the John Dube Project will yield over 10 000 houses and the City’s very first university.“I have good news for you people of Kwa-TsaDuza, John Dube has something more than houses, John Dube has a University for your children.“They must get educated, we cannot build house for the youth, the youth must learn the skills, work and build beautiful houses for themselves. The University will have Campuses all over Ekurhuleni,” said Makhura.

MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile said a lot of people are going to benefit from these projects with the Mega Project already in progress closer to the 100 000 target set by Ekurhuleni already being at 60 000.“Many people have requested that we give them land and put in services, they will build their own houses. During allocation, we will only allocate to those who qualify, those on our database.“We will work together orderly and accordingly. Councillors must not allocate houses, we do that, we do not want them to have their own list, no queue jumping. We must avoid having wrong people getting houses,” said MEC Mashatile.

Minister Human Settlement, Lindiwe Sisulu said after registration for houses, the Human settlement is going to have one centralized register which the National Department will be responsible of.

“Beneficiaries will be informed of where their houses are built, so that while waiting you know exactly where your house is being built. “In that way you will be working together with the contractors in making sure that nothing gets stolen and sold from the site. You will have to look after your own houses until they get finished,” said Sisulu.

Minister Sisulu urged residents to guard and take care of these houses, love and keep them clean. “Do not sell them because you sell them at a low value. And for your kids to have their own legacy, where possible insure these houses this will assist in times of natural disasters,” she said.