Source: SowetanAny of the 40 shacks at the Talana Hostel in Tzaneen was revealed by the governor of Limpopo, Stan Mathabatha.
The Human Settlements Organization, which is in charge of promoting the distribution of infamous tin shacks to poor communities across the globe, claims the plan is moving on despite widespread public outcry and devastation in certain areas.
The Housing Development Agency (HDA), which was awarded the contract for the construction of temporary temporary residential units (TRUs) from Talana in Tzaneen in Limpopo to Duncan Village in East London in the Eastern Cape, has stated that shelters for communities in need are currently being constructed across the country.
In the final row, several Mamelodi locals expressed their dissatisfaction with the way the project was being carried out in the area, accusing the government of squandering money by spending R64 000 per unit in the building of tin shacks instead of houses.
They were built to alleviate the overcrowding of Mamelodi Hostel, which was above capacity at the time of its construction. These individuals got involved in initiatives designed to guarantee that communities had enough space to allow for mutual separation during the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, paid a visit to the hostel to inspect the temporary housing units.
Tenants, on the other hand, have caused significant disruption to the project, pledging to dissuade anybody from relocating to the flats. However, according to the HDA, some of the individuals responsible for the disruption of the Mamelodi Hostel project were not even from the city. According to the Organization, some of the people were trying to set up a subcontracting tender and, when they were refused, they resorted to causing disruption.
An opponent of the Mamelodi project named Apson Makaung was accused of trying to sabotage him since he did not get a part of the money and did not reside in the city at the time of the incident.
Sowetan said that Makaung had heard complaints from residents who said they did not want to live in shacks but rather in RDP houses. According to Makaung, the government is squandering resources by constructing shacks for inhabitants of the hostel, which cost R64 000 each, and need the contractor to construct 1000 shacks, of which only 150 have been completed so far.
"I now reside in Mamelodi with my family, all of whom were born in Mamelodi, as well as my children. I have no intention of interfering with service delivery, but the government wants to provide better homes for the general public. The construction of shacks is a slap in the face of our people." Makaung said that the project's management was trying to "characterize" him for sticking up for his group's interests.
According to Katlego Moselakgomo, spokesman for the HDA, the organization had bid for emergency housing construction and had asked more than 234 firms from its panel of constructors to compete for temporary housing units (TRUs).
"Several options were explored, including stacked containers, which would have been less complicated to produce. However, the cost of these options was too expensive, ranging from R89,000 to R233,000 and beyond "he said.
"To meet the criteria of the Housing Code for alternative building technologies, we needed to develop a solution that fulfilled those requirements. We were able to locate TRUs that complied with the criteria of the housing code as well as the subsidization requirements. The R64,000 per device subsidy for these systems is given in accordance with the legislation. Other expenses that must be considered include labor, transportation, storage, registration, and so forth. Other costs to consider are:"
Because of a shortage of resources, Moselakgomo said that the Mamelodi project had been postponed until a better time could be found.
'In the case of a potential disruption, the plan should be completed by the end of September, and eligible beneficiaries would be moved as soon as feasible,' he said.
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