Bulk Infrastructure Poses Challenge To Housing Delivery

Pretoria - The provision of bulk infrastructure remains one of the major challenges in delivering houses in rural areas, says Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale.

Speaking at the handover of 49 houses at Mantheding Village outside Polokwane on Tuesday, Sexwale however, stressed that this challenge did not mean that people in villages would be excluded from receiving houses.

"We cannot sit back and not provide necessary services to rural areas. That is why it is necessary for government departments to pull together all resources to make sure that sustainable human settlements also become a permanent feature of the country's rural landscape," he said.

Human settlements were not only about the provision of houses, but also about economic opportunities, access to schools, clinics and recreational facilities among others, the minister added.

Mantheding is one of the eight villages under the Polokwane Municipality to benefit from the three hundred housing units built to the tune of R18 million.

Limpopo MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Clifford Motsepe said 85% of the province was rural and the province's housing delivery strategy focused on meeting the needs of these citizens.

"Access to land under traditional leadership is not a problem for us as we have good working relations with dikgosi and they understand the needs of the communities for decent housing," said Motsepe.

- SAnews.gov.za