Thousands of homes razed

THE Department of Human Settlements has delivered more than 2,6million RDP houses since 1994. But it is not clear how many of these will be demolished and rebuilt as part of the government's rectification of RDP houses programme.

THE Department of Human Settlements has delivered more than 2,6million RDP houses since 1994. But it is not clear how many of these will be demolished and rebuilt as part of the government's rectification of RDP houses programme.

Of the nine provinces, only Gauteng and Eastern Cape had up-to-date data on their housing projects.

l Since 2006 Gauteng has identified 80648 houses for demolition. Of these 65767 have already been rebuilt. The province has a budget of R147million to complete the project.

l Eastern Cape identified 20 000 RDP houses that needed to be fixed or rebuilt. At least 1 506 houses have been targeted in the first phase of the project, which has a budget of R100million.

l In KwaZulu-Natal six regions are being revamped, including Newlands West, Quarry Heights, and the South and North coasts. The Newlands West project covers 996 houses at a budget of more than R56million for the first phase. There are 2 300 houses in the area but not all of them would be rebuilt.

l In Limpopo some 1 000 RDP houses at Nobody Village near Polokwane were demolished in 2006 after it was discovered that they were built on dolomitic ground and on a flood line.

l Mpumalanga local government had to destroy 427 houses worth R9,5million in Orlando Village, Komatipoort, after inspectors found that they were built with weak bricks. It also has to rebuild 17 000 houses that were abandoned by unscrupulous contractors.

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