Thursday, April 20, 2006

Western Cape seeks more funds for housing

Patrick McKenzie, the chairperson of the governance committee in the Western Cape Legislature, says they will approach national government to secure more funds for housing. The housing department has indicated that they only get enough funds to build about 16 000 units in the financial year.

About R450 million was given to the department for the past financial year. McKenzie says the province is struggling to make up its housing backlog of 260 000 units.

"What we as a committee are going to do is a two pronged action, one - to have partnershps with banks and those people so that they can also come on board and help provide housing and two is to knock on the door of national government once again and asked them for a bigger allocation so that over a few years we might meet the housing needs of the people of the city. SABC

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