A R12million piece of land has been bought in Sweetwaters, south of Johannesburg, to accommodate about 3741 new houses, President Jacob Zuma announced yesterday.
Zuma was in the area to hand over three fully furnished two-bedroomed electrified houses to Sweetwaters residents.
During a visit to the informal settlement in May, Zuma expressed shock at residents' poor living conditions.
"Here in Sweetwaters, I have seen that people are living under severe conditions. What is sweet in Sweetwaters when its residents are suffering?" he asked.
Zuma was approached by African Musicians Against HIV-Aids (Amaha) and the SABC to hand over the three houses they had built.
Zuma said the government had set aside R800billion for the development of infrastructure, roads, housing and sanitation in the country.
He promised that Sweetwaters and its neighbouring informal settlements would benefit from the funds.
Zuma told the community that land was bought by the government to build houses for residents of Sweetwaters, Fine Town, Thulamtwana and Wiellersfarm.
He said Sweetwaters should be declared a special project and service delivery should be speeded up.
"This area is going to change. What is left is for the government to make a programme so that you residents should be aware of and know the proceedings of the projects that are going to take place.
"You also deserve to know the amount of money which is going to be spent."
One of the beneficiaries of the new houses was Lillian Ngomane, an HIV-positive mother who lives with eight children.
Her 20-year-old daughter Smangele Ngomane said the family had lived in a shack for more than 20 years.
"Its going to be the first time ever that we live in a brick house."