Monday, January 23, 2006

Housing MECs Opinion - but little action

A "culture of compliance" is needed to stop homeless people erecting shacks, Parliament's finance select committee heard.

"What is happening now is that anybody just builds anything, anywhere," said Richard Dyantyi, the Western Cape housing MEC. Dyantyi told the committee that urbanisation and the eviction of labourers by struggling farmers was contributing to the province's shack dwelling problem and adding to the low-cost housing backlog.

The problem of fires and floods in shack areas presented the government with a daunting challenge.The province is engaged in efforts to relocate people living in "stressful areas" to vacant land, but this involves thousands of people and is not an easy task, Dyantyi told the committee." SABC

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