R650-m given to metros to improve housing in townships

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THE City of Ekurhuleni will benefit from over R650 million to be redirected to five metropolitan areas.

The Minister and MECs of Human Settlements (MINMEC) has decided to redirect this urban settlements development grant (USDG) to the country’s five metropolitan municipalities, Mangaung, Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and City of Cape Town.

The metros will use the grant towards infrastructure development, which includes social housing, student accommodation, upgrading of informal settlements and acquisition of land for human settlements development.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said over the past few years metropolitan areas had experienced an increase in its population size.

“South Africa is facing urbanisation challenges as young people move to cities to seek better economic opportunities. With this financial commitment we are enabling provinces and metros to respond to these challenges. This will include responding to student accommodation and adequate housing for low income earners,” she said.

She said provincial MECs of human settlements would work closely with the executive mayors in ensuring that the funds were not used for anything else but allocated to human settlements departments within metros.


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