HUMAN SETTLEMENT CHANGES CRITERIA
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The Minister of Human Settlement, Lindiwe Sisulu, announced that there will be changes in the housing distribution and receiving system in South Africa.
She unveiled this after her presentation at the Planning Africa Conference taking place at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC).
Sisulu said that people will be able to check their house application status via various sources.
“Our system is not as good as it should be. We are creating a database for housing where anybody who has applied for a house will be able to go and check,” she said.
She revealed that the system would work like the home affairs system of checking when ones identity document is ready for collection or not.
The department is set to build RDP house for people over 40 years old and child headed households.
“It appears that some people have been on the waiting list but their houses where given to other people,” she said.
She added, “We are going to have a central database where we will be able to indicate for every Municipality, this is your allocation and these are your people.”
She went on to say that the database will be available in newspapers, radio, television and other public domain mediums.
The project will involve SAPI said out-going president of the institute, Yusuf Patel.
“The second social contract has been signed to contribute towards the Minister’s target of building 1.5 million houses over the next five years. As SAPI, we are trying to see how can we contribute to ensure that there is proper planning,” he said.
He mentioned that they are trying to make sure these houses are built within integrated human settlements, “so that there is quality of life within those settlements, there is economic activity and there is also a positive life experience for the communities in those sustainable neighborhoods.”