Selecting homeowners

2016-07-26 06:00

The selection of beneficiaries to receive houses in the Phase 4 development in Masiphumelele is underway.

A second public screening is set to take place on Saturday 30 July and lists of beneficiaries who are to come forward on that date are displayed at the Masiphumelele Community Hall and Masiphumelele Clinic, says Benedicta van Minnen, the City’s Mayco member for human settlements.

The beneficiary allocation split has been determined and ratified, she says.

This will see 143 houses allocated to backyard dwellers, 68 houses to Wetlands residents and 11 to disabled community members.

The allocation of houses to disabled beneficiaries in line with the approved beneficiary allocation split works out five percent of the total number to be constructed, Van Minnen says.

“Beneficiaries with special needs are vulnerable and are often not able to obtain the means to purchase or rent a suitable property. They are, therefore, decidedly in need of assistance to obtain a house, sometimes specially tailored for the needs of the disabled person in question.

“For example, special needs may include ramps for wheelchairs to enter the house and railings to support these beneficiaries,” she says.

Five houses will be allocated to people who are on the top 100 on the housing database – those who have been registered the longest without having been being offered a housing opportunity in the past.

In order to qualify, applicants must meet the criteria set out in the National Housing Code, Van Minnen explains.

Applicants must earn a monthly income of less than R3500 per month and be a South African citizen.

“(Applicants) must be legally competent to contract, legally married or legally divorced, single with dependants, single aged or disabled without dependants or declared competent by a court of law and sound of mind, and they must not have previously benefited from government-assisted housing directly or indirectly through a spouse,” she says.

Applicants may not have owned fixed residential property and are required to be registered on the City’s housing database.

“Only applicants aged 40 and older are offered a housing opportunity,” she says.

The first public screening session, where applicants completed housing subsidy forms, took place in November. More sessions will follow soon.

“So far 28 subsidy applications have been approved,” says Van Minnen.

Approvals are expected to be completed by mid-2017.

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