He would also like to see a diversification of housing pack- ages as a matter of urgency.
Gauteng’s MEC for Housing Nomvula Mokonyane says it is essential that South Africans move away from “the one size fits all” type of house, a notion pervasive during the reconstruction and development programme.
The Gauteng provincial government has allocated R17-billion over the next three years to comprehensive infrastructure de- velopment, including housing, schools, healthcare facilities, sport and recreation facilities and roads.
The provincial government’s growth and development strategy ultimately aims to create a better life through long-term sustainable growth of the provincial economy, The eradication of informal settlements has been highlighted as a key area necessary for in- frastructure delivery and development, and the Housing Department is no longer going to perpetuate apartheid’s housing development patterns, which isolated the poor from economic nodes.
In addition, 30% of the sustainable settlements will be afforded to women, enthuses Mokonyane The Department of Housing has established that there are some 450 000 houses in 392 informal settlements.
The plan for upgrading in- formal settlements has been consolidated into subprogrammes and the department aims to tackle a backlog of some 600 000 units by providing basic services and infrastructure by 2009, through the implementation of the incremental housing approach.