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Low-income housing: more transparency needed

Since 1994, the government has driven large-scale delivery of state subsidised homes to low-income families across the country. In the past 19 years, nearly two-million subsidised homes have been built, mostly in the Reconstruction and Development Programme and Breaking New Ground housing projects. It is a notable achievement by any measure. But all is not Read more >

Tlokwe’s forgotten community

By Valencia Talane Away from the political power drama that has made Tlokwe municipality in North West a hot topic recently, is the story of a small town – like many others in South Africa – where service delivery is seen to be compromised by corruption and non-accountability in the eyes of the community.   Read more >

Councillors, residents meet after report to CW

Valencia Talane No councillor in Ivory Park would interfere with the building of new RDP houses or the allocation of houses that had already been built, ward councillor Petru Zitha emphasized at a meeting between residents and City of Johannesburg housing officials. Ivory Park, in the northeastern suburb of Midrand, is in Joburg’s Region A, Read more >

Poor hurt most by dodgy procurement

South Africa loses about R25-billion each year to corruption in government procurement – think textbooks not arriving on time at schools, shoddily built RDP houses and tender-rigging. But the real victims are the poor and marginalised, who depend on these procured goods and services. In 2011, Willie Homeyr, then head of the Special Investigating Unit Read more >

Cracks exposed in RDP housing system

Poverty, it is said, is not a crime. Poor people do not ask to be in a position where they are at the mercy of others. Naomi Genu, from Kagiso in Mogale City, is just one of many who is paying a high price for being poor. In July this year, she will turn 40, Read more >

How to make PAIA request

Ordinary people – citizens and non-citizens alike – have the right to get information held by government entities and private corporations. We look at how to go about making a PAIA request. Mama Masisa Mkwanazi* 54, is a single mother of five. A domestic worker, she lives with her children in her brother’s home in Read more >

Informal settlers homeless as housing dept stalls

More than 300 informal settlers in Sol Plaatje squatter camp near Roodepoort are still waiting for RDP houses they were promised in 1999. Although most of the houses have been built, many have been made uninhabitable by vandalism and illegal occupation. Despite this, officials from the regional housing department have persuaded the “owners” to sign Read more >

Jumping the queue: an RDP housing exposé

16 April 2012 – Corruption Watch has spent two weeks gathering damning RDP housing-corruption evidence from the field and putting pressure on the authorities to respond – this is what we’ve uncovered … Residents of Pennyville, a mixed housing development near Soweto, were the first to open up. The community of about 10 000 residents live Read more >

Call to probe ‘rot’ in Gauteng housing scheme

By Chantelle Benjamin 22 March 2012 – Gross irregularities in Gauteng’s government housing scheme, particularly the allocation of more than R7-million in subsidies, have prompted calls by the province’s Standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) for a forensic investigation. A report by Scopa showed that a number of people had benefited from the subsidies, without Read more >