Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements
The DA welcomes the significant announcement by KZN Human Settlements MEC, Ravi Pillay, that the province is preparing itself to implement accurate and proper housing allocation lists in line with a national initiative.
The MEC made the announcement on Friday during his departmental Budget Speech.
The DA has long called for a formal policy on this issue and, in particular, a list which is completely unbiased.
I will today write to MEC Pillay to request details on how the department is readying itself for the introduction of this important new system. I will call for the housing allocations list to;
– Reject any form off structural interference or influence by politicians such as councillors, and empower impartial officials and systems
– Ensure full transparency by publishing lists before the completion of projects
– Create a rational and fair system of rating people’s listing based on age, sex, race, date of application, family size, disability, location and employment
– allow for choices and options in housing opportunities and benefits
The DA does not underestimate the massive task at hand in drawing up such housing lists. With resources so limited and such extreme homelessness, there will always be contests over how to allocate such housing and housing opportunity benefits.
What is non-negotiable though is a national housing database. This must be done in order to track beneficiaries and ensure people don’t unduly benefit more than once, while still localising lists.
The DA is committed to engaging with MEC Pillay and his senior officials so that transparent and accurate housing lists become a reality for KZN sooner rather than later.