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Zuma hands over 200 homes

200 houses were handed over to elderly and disabled people in Kanana Park, Cape Town.

The Western Cape Human Settlements Department handed over a home to a Khayelitsha mother on 9 August 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Sweetwaters Informal Settlement moved into their new homes on Friday.

The residents have been living in the area for more than 20-years with little or no access to basic services.

President Jacob Zuma unveiled some of the houses in Kanana Park earlier.

Zuma handed over 200 houses to elderly and disabled people earlier following a visit to the area in 2010.

His visit was also aimed at assessing the community's access to basic services.

Most of the houses have two bedrooms.

Zuma said the housing project is aimed at eradicating informal settlements through local government's upgrading and redevelopment programme.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.

South Africa has a huge housing backlog. According to Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale, 12.5 million people need housing.

The government also has to fork out billions to rectify shoddy construction of some RDP housing.