Housing project empowers Eastern Cape residents

By Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Bhisho - Hundreds of people living in rural parts of the Eastern Cape have been given information on housing programmes available by the Department of Human Settlements through a pilot project.

Through the pilot Housing on Wheels Project, the department raises public awareness on the products and services available in various areas of the province.

MEC Nombulelo Mabandla launched the pilot project last month to enable the department to check the status of their housing applications among other things.

Spokesperson from the provincial department, Lwandile Sicwetsha said the roadshow was part of the provincial EXCO (Executive Council) outreach which aims to improve service delivery.

Through the project, he said, Housing Education Dramas have been introduced to educate people about the role of the municipalities and the department in the housing delivery process.

Other information disseminated through the drama play include available housing services, criteria to qualify for housing subsidy and reporting of defective houses on time, including cracks period for reporting defectives.

"Beneficiaries have been educated about the rights and responsibilities of home owners including maintenance and payment of rates," Mr Sicwetsha added.

He also urged home owners to report roof leaks within three months to the municipality and cracks within a year after the completion and handover of houses.

Mr Sicwetsha said people must also sign a happy letter if they are satisfied with the houses during handovers.

This week the truck will be in Matatiele, Bizana, Tsolo and Qumbu. - BuaNews