Marikana housing project commended

Pretoria - The Select Committee on Social Services has commended the North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements for successfully implementing the Marikana housing project.

Members of the community visited the project on Wednesday as part of their oversight responsibility to assess progress on the revitalisation of old mining towns.

The project is part of government’s initiative to revitalise old mining towns and to bring dignity to the people living in mining areas.

During their visit, the members of the committee conceded that the 292 Breaking New Ground Housing (BNG) and 252 Community Residential Units (CRU) completed homes are of first class quality.

Chairperson of the Committee Cathy Dlamini said the province had set a good example of what the revitalisation of old mining towns should look like and called on other provinces that have mining towns to follow suit.

“This type of good work should be duplicated in other provinces,” Dlamini said.

Dlamini also urged the Rustenburg Local Municipality to allocate the housing units according to beneficiary list.

The Department of Local Government and Human Settlements is currently building 2 600 housing units in Marikana Extension 2 on the 50 hectares of land donated by Lonmin.

The units will be spread amongst the four housing programmes namely BNG, CRU, Social Housing and Financially Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP), in order to develop an integrated and sustainable settlement whilst addressing the huge housing backlog in the greater Marikana area.

The CRU project is run by woman and youth contractors, respectively.