1800 homes handed over to Lephalale families

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Limpopo - The Department of Local Government and Housing in Limpopo will on Wednesday hand over homes to needy families, including 86-year-old Kutumele Sophia who is staying with her three granddaughters and three grandsons.

The 1800 completed houses form part of the R81 million housing project which aims to reduce congested accommodation and eradicate informal settlements in and around Lephalale.

The handing over ceremony in Marapong Extension 4 will be attended by MEC for Local Government and Housing, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Lephalale Executive Mayor, Rosinah Mogotlane.

The local community has benefited during the construction of this project with over 2000 jobs where both skilled and unskilled labourers were employed.

In the past 15 years government has made considerable progress in the provision of housing, water and electricity to millions of homes. Since 1994 the government has build more than 2.7 million homes accommodated more than 13 million people.

In Limpopo, more than 350 000 homes and 1.4 million people in the province have benefited from governments housing projects.

The provincial department will soon be developing an Integrated and Sustainable Human Settlement project in Lephalale and it has already secured 500 hectors of land for this project.

In the same vein by the end of this financial year the department will be completing a further 572 housing units in Lephalale Municipality.

In line with the national Breaking New Ground housing policy the department will on embark on more developments that are geared towards integration of human settlements.