Joburg starts housing subsidies campaign

2013-05-08 07:11
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Johannesburg - A campaign aimed at verifying the number of people who first applied for housing subsidies during 1996 and 1997 was announced in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The 96/97 Campaign would ensure people were linked to housing developments once their applications were approved, the city's housing department spokesperson Bubu Xuba said in a statement.

The 96/97 Campaign also aimed to verify information gathered during 2008 Ziveze campaign.

While the campaign was not exclusive to those who applied in the specified period, those who applied in 1996 and 1997 would be given priority.

Field workers would begin door-to-door visits in June, starting in Region D, Soweto, before moving on to other regions.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson on housing in Johannesburg Tsepo Mhlongo said: "The City of Johannesburg will not solve housing issues or root out on-going corruption with this current campaign."

He said the city should rather establish housing estate offices in priority areas, so residents could visit the offices in person to update their details when necessary.

Mhlongo said there should be greater co-operation with the provincial housing department, to avoid unnecessary duplication and costs.

An independent body, such as the auditor general, could be used to verify beneficiary information.

The DA suggested that a housing demand database support programme be established.

"The city cannot expect to resolve housing backlogs in an open, accountable and transparent manner unless it provides residents with a viable system," Mhlongo said.

Xuba said the lists generated from the campaign would be displayed at municipal offices.

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