Minister Sisulu talks to the people of Bronkhorstspruit and Nellmapius

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu last week visited the areas of the Bronkhorstspruit and Nellmapuis in the City of Tshwane to interact with the community and examine progress and challenges encountered in the delivery of decent shelter.
Members of the community raised among other issues, the problem of land invasion, evictions , Title Deeds, corruption during the allocation of houses, vandalised houses as result of non- occupation by beneficiaries, shoddy workmanship, back yard dwellers, employment during construction of projects, the slow pace housing delivery and lack of amenities like churches and sports recreation centres.
“It is through such community engagements that we are able to find out directly from the people, service delivery challenges they are facing and come up to with solutions. I am going to come back to this area, firstly to verify the beneficiary list, secondly to deal with issues of title deeds and also see how we get other Government Departments involved to help with the provision of amenities that the community has requested”, said Minister Sisulu.
Minister also condemned the public servants who illegally allocate low cost houses to non-qualifying beneficiaries. “We will not allow incompetency by people who are supposed to work for our masses, public servants must know that they are employed by the people they serve”, added Minister Sisulu.
In Nellmapius, Hetherly, Extension 22 housing project Minister Sisulu visited Ms Roster Lengwati (46) a military veteran who served as member of Mkhonto we Sizwe for 13 years. “I am very happy that now I have a house, it was difficult to live in one room that I rented for years at Olivenhoutbosch. Hetherly Extension 22 is a multipronged flagship project initiated in 2007 and it involves the housing development, roads and storm water, sewer and electricity reticulation. Presently more than 750 houses have been completed including 25 Military Veterans units. The project is expected to yield close to 2000 units upon completion.
15 Local sub- contractors have appointed and about 450 people employed at the project so far.