Government budgets R6bn for Clayville housing

Maria Mathebula, who used to stay in Madelakufa 1 and MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile, at the housing handover ceremony in Clayville.

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements is set to spend R6-billion on the Clayville mega human settlements project in the upcoming years.

This was said by MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile, after he recently handed over 70 houses and 100 title deeds to elderly citizens in Clayville.

“In the next few years, the Gauteng government will spend R6 billion in Clayville on mega housing developments,” said Mashatile.

Mashatile said there are six major projects in Ekurhuleni and the executive mayor of Ekurhuleni, Clr Mzwandile Masina, committed that during his five-year term he will build 100 000 houses to eradicate informal settlements. Once these are completed, there will be 14 000 houses in Clayville.

The MEC said that more than 180 title deeds for stand-alone RDP houses are ready for collection, and that title deeds are important as they are proof of ownership.

He said 237 RDP flats have been completed and are ready for allocation and 260 units are underway.

The MEC said that the next phase will yield 700 units.

“Clayville is a mixed development. RDP houses used to be built far away from anything. Today we are bringing RDP, bonded houses and rental stock together. We want poor people to live in the same space as everyone else. We have allocated people from different areas like Madelakufa 1, 2 and Freedom Square,” said Mashatile.

Mashatile said that provincial government is working with the municipality to service stands and bring services such as water, electricity and roads – as well as to allocate stands so that people who are able to do so can build for themselves.

The MEC appealed to the community not to sell their houses once they are allocated.

“They will never get an RDP house anywhere again in the country because the system is the same everywhere and it will kick their second application out,” he said.

He told the residents of Kaalfontein that they fall under the City of Joburg and he will not cause unnecessary confusion.

“Those people in Kaalfontein will be allocated in the project of the City of Joburg not in the City of Ekurhuleni.”

He further warned that there will be no second allocation list.

The only list, he said, that will be used is the one that has been approved by himself and Masina; therefore there won’t be anyone “jumping the queue”.

“Our commitment as government is to build decent homes for you and contribute to better your lives. “Government is prioritising people who applied in 1996, people living with disability and the elderly,” said Mashatile.

One of the beneficiaries, 89-year-old Mukeshe Hambose who has been living in Madelakufa 2 informal settlement for more than 20 years, said she was excited to be one of the beneficiaries.

“I am very excited to get my house after waiting for so many years. I am happy that my house is allocated on the ground floor. I don’t have to go up the stairs. My life will change. I will never worry again when it is raining and in winter,” said Hambose.

Raisibe Molefe said she too was thankful and grateful.

“It takes people years to get their title deeds but with us it took us only two years to receive title deeds. Life has never been easy residing in a squatter camp. I am now going to live a comfortable life knowing that I am staying in my own house,” said Molefe.

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Malebo Tseke

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