MEC delays Munsieville multimillion housing project

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Petitions, Lebo More. File pic.

Due to poor planning by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, the Munsieville Extension 5 housing development project will only be completed at the end of March 2019.

This has been revealed by the Gauteng Human Settlements MEC, Paul Mashatile, in a written reply to questions from the DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Petitions, Lebo More, in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

“Mashatile is playing political games with the lives of residents who are desperate to own houses by shifting the completion date of this project closer to the 2019 elections. This R29m project was initiated in the 2009/ 2010 financial year. The installation of internal services was completed for 465 stands but the project was stopped due to insufficient sewer lines.”

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More says the department reported on 22 February 2016 that it had handed the project over to the contractor to begin the building of 500 top structures as part of the 2016/ 2017 financial year. The project was planned for completion on 31 March 2017.

“According to MEC Mashatile, there have been delays on the project due to the National Home Builders Registration Council’s requirement to have roads and storm water management designs approved. The department constructed 212 foundation slabs without the approval of the municipality; this indicates a lack of planning and incompetence from the department.”

The DA believes that fast-tracking the construction of housing projects will assist in addressing the backlog of 600 000 houses in the province.

“The DA will hold MEC Mashatile accountable for failing to deliver houses in Munsieville Extension 5 according to the deadline. We will continue monitoring the progress on the project and fight for fairness in the allocation of these houses.”

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