SA Government will continue to house the needy

Pretoria - Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says government will continue to provide housing for all needy South Africans.

She was responding to media reports, which suggested that government was no longer going to provide Breaking New Ground (BNG) -- also known as RDP houses -- to needy South Africans.

The department said the media reports distorted remarks made by Minister Sisulu at a press conference during the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements in Tshwane, last week.

“Everyone has a right to have access to adequate housing as stated in our Constitution, which adds that ‘the State must take reasonable legislative and other measures within its available resources to achieve the progressive realisation of this right’,” said Minister Sisulu.

The Minister said countries around the world face serious economic constraints and there are competing demands such as providing health, education, transport, safety and security services, and South Africa is not immune to this.

“Our government will continue to prioritise delivery of houses for the needy such as child headed households, elderly and disabled people and we will never deviate from this,” she said.