More than R100million will be spent on improving basic services for and providing emergency assistance to people in need at informal settlements inEkurhuleni.
Ndosi Shongwe, a member of the municipality's mayoral housing committee, said yesterday: "People living in settlements also deserve to be taken care of.
"It is our responsibility as government to ensure that they are provided with certain basic services since they form a huge part of our society."
Money would be allocated for the provision of access roads and other basic services, he said.
From the beginning of the 2009-10 financial year, starting in July, the municipality would provide more than R100million.
This would be used to provide one chemical toilet for every 10 residents. A further R17million would be set aside for solid waste removal and R17,5million for the continuation of the roll-out of access roads, municipal spokes-man Zweli Dlamini said.
Many of the informal settlements exist because they are industrial hubs to which many people migrate to seek job opportunities. - Sapa