Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Low cost housing

Talks between the housing department and banks on the commitment to expend R42 billion on low cost housing are slow. When asked why this is, Lindiwe Sisulu, the housing minister, said she was also frustrated and did not know how much longer negotiations were going to take. However her report stated that a meeting scheduled for March 16 would look into a research that has just been completed on the proposal for the private sector to contribute 20% of its developments into affordable housing.

The minister did not have the statistics of
how many houses
have been built since 1994.

Meanwhile, the social development department received 516 cases of social grants fraud but only 128 convictions were secured. The department said it would speed up investigations of the 12 000 public servants who have been found to be defrauding the system.

Major existing roads are set to get a face-lift from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). More than R4.48 billion will be allocated to the provinces and municipalities for road construction and maintenance. SABC
InternAfrica; B1 Projects & HouseIT have been waiting on Minister Sisulu to address our request for a meeting to put forward a solution. Apparently according to the ministers secretary
Mnodobeko (+2712.421.1309) there is an answer in the mail...
According to the Public Protector - the Local Western Cape Minister of government and housing Richard Dyanti is also going to get back to us...

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