PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma says that there are signs that RDP houses are restoring dignity and joy to millions of people.
Zuma was speaking during the opening of 250 houses at Davhana village in Makhado, Limpopo, yesterday. He also handed over a house to former farmworker Emily Murema.
Murema, 51, said she had resorted to staying in a mud house because of poverty.
Zuma said the housing programme was changing the lives of millions of people who were condemned to poverty and could not afford to build houses for themselves. He said women understood the value of houses more than their men.
Though there are several houses around the province that were left incomplete by contractors, the president praised the province for providing the houses.
Zuma said Limpopo was ahead of other provinces in delivering houses and appealed to the provincial government to keep up the efforts they had put into the housing project.
He said the programme would also help to realise the mandate of rural development as access to better housing had been prioritised.
Murema said she was relieved to own a house after her efforts to build one failed when she lost her work. "It was hard to be staying in my house. I had suffered as my mud house was raining."
Murema said that she would now be able to sleep peaceful without worrying about rain coming into her house.
Zuma also met traditional leader David Davhana during his visit. Davhana appealed to Zuma, Premier Cassel Mathale and housing MEC Soviet Lekganyane for a school and other infrastructure to be built to kick-start job creation.
Zuma accepted the request as a guideline from the community as to what their priorities were and said this would help the government to draw its service delivery plan.
He then proceeded to Giyani were he launched an electricityproject for the community as part of the government's plans to fast track service delivery.