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Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Gauteng can only afford 27 500 RDP homes

More than 2 million people live in shacks in more than 500 informal settlements in Gauteng alone, but the provincial government has a budget to build only 27 500 RDP houses this year.

These shacks were spread across four of the province's five regions.

There are more than 400 000 of the structures, and most of them do not have running water and other services.

The highest number of the structures - 164 939 shacks - are found in parts of the City of Joburg.

The shacks are in Joburg's Region A to Region G, mostly in areas close to the townships.

Joburg is closely followed by Ekurhuleni, which has a total of 164 699 shacks, while Tshwane has 145 047.

These are the latest figures released by Gauteng MEC for Local Government and Housing Ntombi Mekgwe during her reply to questions in the legislature by the DA's housing spokeswoman, Janet Semple.

Mekgwe said she was unable to give the total number of people living in shacks, but her response was based on the latest census figures and the number of shacks counted so far.

She said there were 15 113 of the structures in the Sedibeng district to the south of Joburg.

Mekgwe said the data for the West Rand was not available because the department was still compiling a housing chapter for the West Rand district municipality and local municipalities.

She said census officials had counted 471 665 shacks "and assuming an average 3.2 [of shacks in terms of Census 2012 numbers], one can estimate a total of 1 509 328 lived in informal settlements in 2005 and the number had increased to 2 047 955 in 2012".

"The department undertook a comprehensive informal study in 2005 which recorded a total of 405 informal settlements in the province," Mekgwe said.

The Star

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