Housing database registrations extended

By Sydney Masinga

Polokwane - Limpopo's Housing Department has extended the deadline for residents who want to register their names on the provincial housing demand database (PHDD). The original deadline was 30 September, but this has been extended to 9 October.

"Due to the overwhelming response, the department has decided to extend the registration deadline," said department spokesperson, Clayson Monyela.

The database is used to capture various housing needs, from low-cost housing to rentals, and residents are required to present their identity documents when registering their details.

"Anyone who needs a house must come forward and register," he said.

Monyela said the database would be used to plan housing developments and allocations in the province.

"This is a system that will radically turn housing delivery in the province around, ensuring that the planning for housing development is done according to customer demand, need and affordability," he said.

Monyela said the database was not a replacement for the housing waiting lists at municipalities.

According to MEC for local government and housing, Soviet Lekganyane, enough houses have been built in Limpopo in the past 15 years to accommodate the entire population of Swaziland.

While presenting the department's budget speech in June this year, the MEC said since 1994, over 300 000 houses, which accommodate 1.3 million, had been built in the province.

For the 2009/10 financial year, over R1 billion will be spent building new houses and completing abandoned units. - BuaNews