Affordable housing gets R2.5bn boost

Affordable housing in the country received a major boost on Wednesday when the sod turning ceremonies for the Kagiso and Droogeheuwel/Middelvlei integrated housing projects on the West Rand took place.

The Kagiso project will cost 1.27 billion rand and the

Droogeheuwel/Middelvlei project 1.24 billion rand to develop.

These integrated housing development projects will add to the increasing number of low cost residential units in the country by about 25,000 units.

Kagiso will provide a total of 9,315 units, while total housing at Droogeheuwel/Middelvlei will amount to 5,548 units.

The Gauteng Department of Housing was the most important initiator of the projects.

MEC for Housing in Gauteng Nomvula Mokonyane told residents that these two projects indicate government’s new way of thinking towards housing delivery and are in line with the Breaking New Ground Strategy.

"With these projects we are addressing the special inequities of Gauteng. With the help of the private sector we are working towards achieving our objective of integrating our communities.

"This sod turning is an assertion of arresting the mushrooming of informal settlements," says Mokonyane.

Mokonyane says they will allocate houses to people with disabilities, and chronicle diseases near a clinic.

She commended the contribution made by Harmony Gold Mining and Absa to the projects.

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