Province spends R2.5m to update “problematic” housing data

2009-11-25 11:52

THE Provincial Department of Local Government and Housing announced

this week that they were embarking on a R2.5?million exercise to update their

housing demand database.

Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said the province’s housing

backlog was estimated at about 450?000, but there was a lack of information

around people’s income levels, their access to basic services, whether they

lived in an informal settlement, back yard, or were overcrowded in a formal


He said there was also a lack of information regarding disabled

people who required housing.

He said the housing demand data support programme would essentially

support support municipalities outside of the Cape Town Metropole and provide

accurate and up-to-date information which would allow for “much better

provincial level planning and policy making”.

The provision of such data would assist municipalities in selecting

beneficiaries for housing projects and assist with forward planning and the

formulation of strategy and policy.

“The quality of this information has been a concern for all three

spheres of government for a number of years.”

He said “unhappiness” around some housing projects was the result

of a lack of communication between government and the beneficiary community.

Part of the database exercise was to create a transparent housing list which

everyone could have access to.

He said they intended to have a supplier in place by mid-December

to “undertake this important work”.

The project would consist of two phases. The first of which would

entail assessing the current data collection and management systems, while the

second phase would be to design a strategy to support municipalities to improve

their data collection and recording systems.

Jacqui Samson, the chief director for planning and development in

the department, said: “The first phase is estimated to cost around

R2.5?million.” She said the database was planned to be up and running within ten


– West Cape News

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