Housing MEC vows to prioritise backyard dwellers

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile says his department will ensure that backyard dwellers will be prioritised by government when seeking housing options.

Others on the priority list include elderly citizens, people with disabilities, military veterans and those who applied back in 1996, he explains.

Mashatile met with residents in Finetown in Ennerdale on Sunday following housing protests which erupted in surrounding communities.

He acknowledged a general backlog for housing in the province and says there are plans to obtain more land for government housing.

We are currently identifying more land to be able to develop in those areas and prioritise those backyard dwellers, in particular.

Paul Mashatile, Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements

He explains that government officials will make sure that residents have registered with them.

The MEC has urged communities to work with the structures set up to ensure all those in need are given housing.

Mashatile has appealed to residents to raise their grievances through the correct channels and not through violence.

Listen to Mashatile unpack the housing situation in the province and future plans:


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