Govt to cut red tape for RDP housing

2012-07-14 07:30

Johannesburg - The national government will give some municipalities money for RDP houses, the human settlements department said on Friday.

This would cut the red tape they currently had to go through to get housing funds from the provincial government, said department spokesman Xolani Xundu.

Accreditation and the assignment of the housing delivery function to capable municipalities were among the issues discussed at a meeting co-chaired by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi on Friday.

The meeting was attended by all MECs responsible for human settlements and local government, and all members of mayoral committees responsible for housing.

Xundu said the decision would affect about 16 municipalities, and that there would be ongoing support for other municipalities to also get national government accreditation.

Municipalities would be deemed to be capable based on their budget, financial status, track record, ability to spend and housing planning, he said.

"The meeting agreed on a time-frame that will see certain municipalities receiving accreditation before the 2014 deadline as stipulated in the Service Delivery Agreement the two Ministers [Tokyo Sexwale and Richard Baloyi] signed with President Jacob Zuma," said Xundu.

The process would result in billions of rand flowing to municipalities, and would speed up the delivery of services, he said.

  • Henk - 2012-07-14 07:42

    Amazing what suddenly happens before Mangaung....the should cut the red tape in business to!A

      RabbleRouser - 2012-07-14 07:46

      It's funds for more bling and corruption at the municipalities. A very small percentage will actually get used for RDP housing.

      art5SA - 2012-07-14 08:12

      LET THE THIEVERY BEGIN!!!! Imagine how much WILL GET PUT INTO BACK POCKETS????????? Millionaires in South Africa ON THE RISE AGAIN!!!!!!

      mikenortje - 2012-07-14 08:24

      The DA have been asking for this for years already .... finally the ANC is moving in this direction. Also note only gonna happen after 2014 if it's not shot down by the COSATU / ANCYL / SACP / et al

      Armand - 2012-07-14 09:28

      This is criminal using taxpayers money to buy votes!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-14 12:14

      Well I would have never thought about that.Is corruption and incompetence now called "Red tape"

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-14 07:44

    Let us fervently hope that the people see all this for what it is - election speak!

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 08:16

      I never had a chance to responded to your comment you wrote in I never seen in one dying. Yes I have my Uncle is dying a slow and painful death, he cant breath on his own- My comment was I wasn't sure I could someone to kill me

      henk63 - 2012-07-14 11:09

      WTF Cassandra! Are you on drugs or just dof?

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-14 07:54

    Why is it that there is 'red tape' for housing funds, but they can access money for multi-million Rand parties and very expensive cars??

      errol.wagner - 2012-07-14 08:56

      Does this mean they are going to fire the ANC cadres because they are the red tape.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-14 08:06

    It is not just building the houses. Ask people on the housing application list and they'll say the houses are awarded to non-resident landlords for kickbacks, the houses being accordingly of poor quality.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 08:18

      I believe so the houses are meant for the poor but seem to go to who ever has the most money

  • JohnDough - 2012-07-14 08:07

    More money for the piggies to feed on.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-14 08:16

    R.D.P. = Revenge of the Dark People

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-14 09:09

      RDP - returning dignity to people!! Got it??

      henk63 - 2012-07-14 11:14

      duma, there is no dignity in begging.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-14 08:22

    Opening the door for more corruption to take place..

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-14 08:23

    That's like giving a starving man bread and telling him to feed it to the ducks!

  • sekalf.nroc - 2012-07-14 08:23

    wonder how much of these funds will end in 'private' pockets - another field day for the greedy.

  • mpumelelo.mgwigwi - 2012-07-14 08:31

    Watyiwa mali bo meya nani makhansila onesisu esincinci akafuneki tu make the cycle bigger

      henk63 - 2012-07-14 11:15

      Well said.

  • brian.heunis - 2012-07-14 08:56

    The Second Wave has arrived....

  • errol.wagner - 2012-07-14 08:57

    Would be interesting to see if Cape Town get these funds? Don't hold your breath.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-14 09:04

    Cut that red tape with immediate effect my people still in shacks, but I know news 24 cadres will find something wrong with this move. WATCH THE SPACE!!

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-14 09:14

      Are you Duma or Dumb ?

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-14 09:25

      I did say watch this space Grace and lies, you can make fun of my name but you have never lived in a shack and you probably won't understand how inhumane that is.

  • agosthino - 2012-07-14 09:08

    I'm an ANC supporter, but this will just speed up the stealing of money. I wish my party can become the beacon of hope that it once was.

      henk63 - 2012-07-14 11:17

      Unfortunately to hope is not to have. But keep hoping.

      Wendy - 2012-07-14 13:24

      Agosthino, if you recognise them as thieves, why do you still call yourself a supporter?

      agosthino - 2012-07-14 14:50

      My whole family was in the struggle and my relationship with the anc is emotional. However as an accountant, I know that cadre deployment must stop. Appoint the correct people for the correct jobs. Even if they must be anc, you can still employ qualified anc people, however they are overlooked as they are too honest. I long for the leaders like Govan Mbeki and Robert Sobukwe. I want a non-racial ANC where everyone is welcome and there is no inferiority or superiority.

      Wendy - 2012-07-14 15:38

      Agostinho, do you think, realistically, there is a chance that could happen? And, if you think it unlikely, what do you do? Vote for someone else? Not vote?

      agosthino - 2012-07-14 17:46

      I have given it a lot of thought and I'm torn. I have to vote as it is my democratic right, but I want a vote for change. Last elections I voted for cope, so that was a vote wasted. I also don't think I can vote DA as there supporters are still very racist. I see it everyday on news24. Basically I'm saying that I would vote for the DA, but the supporters are stopping me. I hope you understand what I mean. If the DA can keep up the good work, I might change my mind at election time.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-07-14 09:17

    This is just promises and lies again.A promise that will never come true.

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-07-14 10:11

    Let's hope the people who are so deserving of this are the ones to benefit. With "red tape" the fat cats have got fatter and the proleteriate thinner and poorer. Can only imagine what a "feast" the fat cats will have now there is no one to micro manage the funds!

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-07-14 10:11

    Sadla matender, sa dakwa! #singinganddancing#

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-14 14:17

      Amatenderpreneur bafwethu

  • mondli.botha - 2012-07-14 10:24

    Tjoo that's gonna b a huge disaster. Most municipalities r incapable of removing rubish n now they gonna hav to build houses. As always the intentions of government r always good but the flip side. Yhoo

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-14 10:26

    Makes perfect VOTE FORAGING & SCAVENGING economic sense all round

  • johan.prinsloo.7 - 2012-07-14 10:35

    corruption is refined

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-07-14 11:41

    Gov must also implement strict measures to monitor the funds as well as the projects. There are plenty of RDP houses falling down due to poor workmanship and lack of knowledge, yet they have been approved to be occupied. The system of happy letters by the beneficiaries is not sufficient, it must be a registered professional who sign that letter.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-07-14 14:00

    I hope that accunatability will also be the order of the day. Let every cent spent be accounted for and no inflating of prices for cements et al. I am not sure if this is a good idea but Tokyo! We are watching you and hope you don't do what Angie has done.

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-14 14:16

    Big ups to our government! Please remember to be Responsible, Accountable, to Consult and Inform! RACI

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