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15 Jun 2016

Limpopo disaster-relief housing picks up steam

In 2014, the Limpopo districts of Waterberg and Mopani were badly affected by severe storms and gales that destroyed and damaged houses in a number of villages, rendering households destitute.

The Limpopo Department of Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) on 30 June 2015 appointed the HDA as an implementing agent of the rehabilitation and reconstruction grant programme.

This includes a target of 373 housing units to be constructed and completed this financial year.

The budgeted amount is R34 million and two contractors have been appointed for this purpose.

The aim of the disaster housing programme is to provide proper shelter to families severely affected by natural disasters and who are unable to rebuild their houses.

The Agency initially experienced glitches with regards to project preparations. The challenging terrain of some of the villages has also slowed down the process. The HDA is, however, working closely with contractors and beneficiaries

to address challenges creatively. Construction started in February 2016 and a total of 103 housing units located in various villages within Greater Tzaneen and Greater Giyani have been completed. Other housing units in Lephalale, Mokgalakwena, Greater Letaba, Ba-Phalaborwa and Maruleng are at various stages of completion.