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Gauteng Department of Human Settlements underperforms, fails to deliver on housing target by Mervyn Cirota

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements constantly fails to reach its targets and underperforms in housing development projects.

According to the Department of Human Settlement’s fourth quarterly report for the 2017/18 financial year, the department did not achieve its target of 1845 individual housing subsidies for qualifying beneficiaries under its credit-linked programme.

This indicates that there were no subsidies issued by the department to the beneficiaries of this category.

This is completely unacceptable as our people are being denied access to housing due to this department’s incompetence.

Furthermore, the department only managed to provide 219 housing subsidies under Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) against its planned target of 1953.

The department is failing dismally to manage these housing subsidy programmes properly, and in so doing, has left thousands of Gauteng residents in the lurch.

The department has given a number of excuses for its failure to deliver such as delays in appointing a contractor and beneficiaries not qualifying for the programme due to affordability.

It is clear that this department is failing on its mandate to deliver houses to our people.

The DA calls on Gauteng Premier, David Makhura to urgently intervene and ensure that housing subsidies are provided to our people who are desperate to own dignified houses.

The ANC-led Gauteng administration has failed to build houses and to provide housing subsidies for our poor people in the province. Gauteng residents are desperately in need of a government that puts their needs first and only the DA can bring about this much needed change.

African news agency

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