Gauteng News

Mega Projects programme to yield over 520 000 houses

Gopolang Leepile

The Gauteng government’s Mega Projects Programme is set to yield over 500 000 houses in the five corridors of the province.

This was revealed by acting MEC for Human Settlements, Jacob Mamabolo at the Gauteng Govan Mbeki Awards in Boksburg at the weekend.

MEC Mamabolo said that the mega cities will be rolled out in the five corridors that are clustered into the Eastern, Central, Northern, Southern and the Western Development Corridors.

“We have deliberately departed from the position where government primarily catered for and delivered housing to the poor and in isolation to other sectors of society, therefore, through the Mega Cities programme. The department plans to integrate them by building 520 000 houses,” MEC Mamabolo said.

The Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) in collaboration with the Housing Development Agency will lead, coordinated and oversee the development of the houses and have been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring and managing its implementation.

Over 160 000 housing units will be built in the Northern and Western Corridors, 140 000 units in the central corridor, 100 000 in the Eastern and more than 120 000 in the Southern corridors.

In addition, MEC Mamabolo reiterated that the provision of decent housing forms an integral part of government’s efforts to restore the dignity of the citizens.