North West Province Kicks Off Multi-Million Housing Initiative

Pretoria - Things are set to change for the homeless in the North West, as provincial government has set aside R23 million to help get them into decent homes.

The housing development project is targeted at informal settlement dwellers in Reagile township and Redirile/Derby, outside Koster, and is to officially get off the ground in the next two weeks.

The ultimate goal is to get rid of informal settlements in Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality. Provincial MEC for Human Settlements, Public Safety & Liaison, Desbo Mohono, made the announcement during her meeting with the local mayor Kim Medupi on Monday.

The project management team says geotechnical investigations for construction of 268 housing units at a cost of R15 million in Reagile Extension 6 and 7 have been concluded.

Mohono appealed to the municipality to help speed up the identification of beneficiaries and stands for subsidy applications, as well as the approval of house designs so the project can start immediately after it is registration by the National Home Builders Registration Council.

She said the housing development project for Redirile/Derby is expected to commence shortly and 129 housing units will be built.

Developers are on site to fix poor workmanship at 35 incomplete housing units in Borolelo Ext 2 and 3, which are apart of 500 houses under construction in the area. An additional 59 units are being built in Regaile Ext 3.

Mohono committed that her department will assist Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality with beneficiary house allocations and subsidy administration to ensure that the occupation of completed houses at the R51.6-million Mazista Integrated Human Settlement goes without glitches and runs concurrently with the demolition of shacks at the Skierlik informal settlement.

Meanwhile, the provincial department is also engaged in financial and physical audits for the 1137 housing units completed in Reagile and 440 units in Borolelo to bring the multimillion housing development projects to closure.

- BuaNews