Report puts Gauteng housing failures in spotlight

Janet Semple MPL

DA Gauteng Housing Spokesperson

The Gauteng Housing Department is failing on its core mandate of delivering houses and other services to the 1.4 million people on the provincial housing demand database.

The department’s latest Annual Report paints a bleak picture of how its failures in financial management, project management and proper planning negatively impact on the poor and vulnerable in Gauteng.

According to the report the Mixed Housing Development Programme delivered only a third of its 6 569 targeted serviced stands, and only 50% of the department’s 124 planned projects for the year were fulfilled.

None of the 26 targeted upgrades of townships were undertaken, none of the 100 houses for alternative tenure were built, and none of the 400 houses of the Mixed Housing Development programme were completed.

The objectives of the Human Settlements Programme were also not met because of a R317 million material under-expenditure by the department. The Gauteng Housing Fund also had to write off R278 million in material losses due to irrecoverable debt.

Providing proper housing to all in Gauteng – especially those who need it most – must be a priority for the department. I will request detailed answers from the department regarding its annual report. Adequate housing is a basic constitutional right and the department must explain its inability to effectively meet its own targets.

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