Whites ‘not excluded’ from housing programmes

2010-07-03 12:22

White families living in shacks and caravan parks in the East

London area are not excluded from government’s housing programmes because of

their race, the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements has said.

Department spokesperson Lwandile Sicwetsha said a number of

families who were living below the poverty line had complained to government

because they thought that they did not qualify for housing.

Sicwetsha said: “Some white families are living in shacks close to

the beach and in caravan parks beside dumps. They think they do not qualify for

housing programmes, but white families living below the poverty line are not

excluded from government housing programmes because of their race.

“The department has an inclusive housing policy and programmes for

all races who qualify for different categories on housing programmes.”

Sicwetsha said the department had different categories geared

towards providing houses to people in the province.

Such programmes include low cost housing scheme for people with a

monthly income of less than R3 500 per month.

Those who earn above this amount qualify for other schemes such as

social rental housing scheme which accommodates people with a monthly income of

between R3 500 and R7 500 per month.

He said: “In an effort to close this gap, the department has

granted funding to social housing companies to build rental housing units in

Nelson Mandela Metro and Buffalo city earmarked to provide decent affordable

rental homes to hundreds of low and middle income workers.”

President Jacob Zuma recently handed over housing units to Emerald

Sky, a social housing project that accommodates all races who meet the required

income of between R3 500 and R7 500 a month.

Sicwetsha said three other projects were under construction in the

Nelson Mandela Metro and Buffalo City Municipalities.

The one in Buffalo City was nearing completion.

Sicwetsha said: “White families who qualify on these programmes

must contact the responsible social housing companies for applications and those

who earn less than R3 500 per month must apply through their local

municipalities for low cost housing assistance.”

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