LindiweSisulu, the Human Settlements Minister for the South African Government, has said that the Human Settlements Department is aiming to provide as many as six million houses and housing opportunities to South Africans by the year 2019.
He announced the ambitious plan on Friday during the launch of the Belhar Gardens Rental Estate in Cape Town. She pointed out that the department has already delivered 4.3 million houses and decent accommodation to the people in the country since 1994 and indicated that the department will work for those, who haven't received help yet.
Sisulu said, "We want to deliver six million by 2019. This will ensure that those who have not benefited are also aided; we put our people first."
While speaking about the Belhar Gardens Rental Estate, she said that the R200 millionproject will provide 692 rental units when it is completed. Out of the total, 192 units will be for primary beneficiaries earning less than R3 500 a month, and 437 units will be for those earning less than R7500 a month. The estate is a part of a R1.3 billion development plan that will include about 3616 units and covers 30,3 hectares. The project will include social housing (subsidised rental), open market rental units, student accommodation, open market GAP units and a number of open market units.
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