The Gauteng housing department has admitted that its goal of eradicating shacks by 2014 is becoming impossible to reach.
The department’s Manching Monana says that for this goal to be achieved they will have to build 200 000 houses a year.
The department provided about 64 000 houses in 2008, exceeding its target of 58 000 and plans to deliver 28 000 units this year. However, Monana warned that this may be cut to 12 000 due to budget constraints.
Meanwhile, the department’s chief operations officer, Mongezi Mnyani, says the department needs about R4 billion extra (on top of its R3.6 billion budget) to provide the 200 000 houses a year that are required.
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