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WC improves housing demand database

Bonginkosi Madikizela says the Western Cape government has improved the housing demand database.

Western Cape Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela on Monday said the provincial government has moved to improve the housing demand database.

The province has a backlog of about 500,000 units.

The Cape Peninsula has been rocked by a series of service delivery protests, some of which were sparked by housing-related complaints.

Limited resources and a growing backlog in the allocation of houses were some of the challenges faced by officials in the province.

But Madikizela told delegates that steps have been taken to improve the situation.

"We invested more than R6 million to ensure that the housing demand database in all the municipalities has integrity in terms of data."

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who also attended the conference, said budgets have to be spent wisely to meet the needs of communities.

Last week, Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale released a human settlements report.

The document revealed that dozens of South African municipalities are failing in prove basic sanitation in poor areas.

The report was compiled by a ministerial task team set up in 2011.

In seven Western Cape municipalities, about 100 residents have to share a single toilet.