The truth is, people’s expectations are unlikely to be met and frustration and housing-related protests continue.
If government is serious in phasing out the delivery of individual housing units, there should be discussion around ending registering new RDP applicants and dealing with eradicating the RDP backlog.
In that case, government should communicate clearly to the people and stop making RDP house provision a tool to gain political leverage, while the reality shows a lack of capacity to deliver on the promise.
Clearly, RDP applicants waiting to receive their houses for too long yearn for answers from government as to why their dreams of having houses doesn’t materialise, when it is their right to access adequate housing.
Although one acknowledges what the department has achieved thus far, it is crucial that people at grass root level understand the policy shifts that the department undertakes and their implications on the potential future beneficiaries of the RDP housing programme.
Increased communication and public participation at all levels of government can achieve this.
The legislature must work directly with the department and identify priority issues that need to be communicated to the public, such as policy changes and their implications on housing delivery, and the progress of continuing housing projects.
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