South Africa: Human Settlements Database System Revision Projects
The Minister of Human Settlements, Mmamoloko Kubayi, announced the government’s plan to review the Housing Subsidy System (HSS) to improve data integrity and ensure a common understanding of housing needs in the country.
Kubayi said it is very unfortunate that there are people who have been waiting for their house for more than 10 years, while others who have applied after them have benefited from it since.
The minister said this while addressing the community of Phakgameng in Modimolle-Mookgophong in Limpopo.
“This creates mistrust between the government and the people we are supposed to serve. The system must be flexible and secure enough to allow people to update their status, including changes in the areas where they live,” said Kubayi.
The minister who had made a two-day provincial visit, which ended on Friday, also stressed the need to accelerate the delivery of housing across the country, in order to restore the dignity of people.
She further called on those who received houses and title deeds to value what was given to them.
As part of the provincial visit, Kubayi, along with Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Pam Tshwete and Limpopo Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) MEC Basikopo Makamu, handed over 201 title deeds to beneficiaries of fully government housing. subsidized.
She also visited a number of housing projects in and around Polokwane.
Makamu welcomed the minister’s visit, noting that her intervention in the provincial department’s housing issues would go a long way in reducing people’s frustrations.
He said the province has made progress in building project management capacity, the lack of which has had a visible effect on achieving housing delivery targets.
Kubayi is currently traveling the country to assess the progress made in delivering human settlements. The provinces of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal are next on the minister’s list.