Housing

Department: Housing Description:

The Housing Department is staffed by 4 people. The unit manager, Mr. Leslie Morubane, leads a team that includes a PA, a Housing Controller and 2 Housing Scheme Administrator (1 local at council offices in Lichtenburg, and the other working out of a satellite in Itsoseng).

Challenges

Informal settlements sprouting out in places unsuitable for housing;Shortage of land for housing which leads to current owners charging high prices to sell their land to the council;Eviction of people from farms;Shortage of water;Because some areas receive their electricity supply from Eskom and others from the Municipality, there is unequal treatment of areas when there is difficulty in coordinating the two supply plans.

Current Housing Projects/Plans to deal with informal settlements

The currently 5 informal settlements – Lenz (near Blyden...) , Thlabologang, (near Coligny), Sonderwater (near Verdwaal), Boikhutso (H-section) and Itekeng.

Settlement

Total Units

Units Approved

Backlog

Boikhutso (H-section)

2500

2000

500

Lenz

1000

 

1000

Thlabologang

700

 

700

Itekeng

1000

 

1000

Sonderwater

600

 

600

TOTAL

5300

2000

3300

Managed People’s Housing Project (Pilot Project

This is a new approach to providing housing. The process utilizes what building resources each future house owner may have, e.g., windows, doors, frames, etc., and include the involvement of the owner and/or the community in the building process.

A repository of building materials will be established;Inspectors will be sent to evaluate existing (informal) structures and resources and make recommendation on the specific requirements of each house;The owner is provided with house construction skills and is expected to take part in the erection of the house;In the case where the owner is elderly or cannot physically take part in the building process, the department will pay a sum of R2,500 to a volunteer (who must be a local community member).

Department Head:  Leslie Morubane

Number of Staff :    4