South Africa : R200 Million Housing Development Project launched

Mafikeng - North West MEC for Developmental Local Government and Housing, Howard Yawa launched a R200 million housing development project in Mafikeng Extension 39 on Friday.

The Finance Linked Subsidy Programme (Flips) was launched to cater for income earners between R3500 and R7000.

An estimated 2400 jobs are to be created over a period of two years during the construction of the 811 houses, comprising of two to four bedrooms ranging from R120 000 to R300 000.

An additional benefit to boost the local economy will be the use of local contractors and material suppliers.

Addressing community members at the sod-turning ceremony on Friday, Mr Yawa said despite the housing backlog, great strides had been made over the past 14 years to eradicate the legacy of homelessness with the delivery of 2.6 million houses.

The housing delivery plan, named Breaking New Ground, seeks to eradicate informal settlements and create vibrant and sustainable settlements with amenities on well located land.

The plan dictates that housing must be in a sustainable environment that enhances the quality of life so that communities enjoy secure tenure and can access basic services such as water, sanitation, healthcare, education and transportation.

"We are breaking new ground by offering diversified housing in new shapes, new sizes and choice of colours.

"The Housing Developments in Extension 38 commonly known as Imperial Reserve and here in Extension 39 portrays that the plan is a shift from a one-size-fits-all approach in housing, to promoting racial and class integration through mixed income and mixed tenure human settlements," said the MEC.

He said he was confident the houses would meet the expectations and needs of people earning between R3500 to R7000.

The project is a public private partnership between the Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing, Mafikeng Local Municipality and ilima Real Estate Pty Ltd as turnkey developer.

Government's contribution, in the form of subsidies for the beneficiaries of the housing development based on the flips scale, amounts to R30 million. - BuaNews