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Human Settlements Minister creates war room to speed up housing delivery

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

  • Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has made several announcements to speed up the delivery of housing in the country.
  • Kubayi says they have established a war room to speed up service delivery across the country.
  • The announcements follow a monitoring visit to the nine provinces.

Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has set up a war room to speed up the delivery of housing in the country.

Kubayi announced this at a press conference on Friday morning following monitoring visits to the nine provinces to assess housing delivery.

“We have heard the cries of potential beneficiaries who are still waiting for homes, the cries of children whose circumstances have dictated that they should be heads of their families, and the cries of elderly people who have no recourse but to rely on their government,” she said.

Kubayi added that they have decided to prioritize several areas in the coming fiscal year, including unblocking stalled projects, removing asbestos roofs in provinces, which is a health issue. Critically, increasing the pace of providing title deeds to legitimate owners and eliminating earthen houses, especially in rural areas.

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In addition to the priority areas, she also announced that a war room would be set up.

“We also concluded that to accelerate service delivery across the country and respond to the challenges seen in the sector during ministerial visits, we needed to develop a structure in a human settlements war room.”

Kubayi said the qualification adjustment for social housing has been revised.

“Bands for households with gross monthly income between R1,850 and R22,000 are eligible, as opposed to the previous qualifying criteria for household incomes between R1,500 and R15,000,” she said. declared.

The Minister also spoke about regions around South Africa affected by natural disasters, such as floods, storms and fires.

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“In most cases, those affected need other shelter immediately, and others want to repair the damage to their homes as soon as possible.

“Analyzing our response time and the adequacy of the response to the affected areas, we found that our systems had many shortcomings, including inflexible allocation of funds, which then leads to a shortage of funds to cover the victims of the disaster in their entirety and a long response time, which worsens the status of the victims.”

Kubayi said several new guidelines applicable to provincial departments and municipalities to change the way of responding to disaster areas have been introduced.

“These guidelines include a 24-hour timeline for disaster assessments and expedited repairs through a voucher system.

“As for funding, provinces and metros are now allowed to use available funds from the Human Settlements Development Grant, Urban Settlements Development Grant, and Upgrading Partnership Grant. level of informal settlements to intervene in damage management,” she added.