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Farm workers urged to register for RDP houses

MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela interacted with the farming community at a housing dialogue.

Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela & Agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg at a farmworker housing dialogue in Stellenbosch on 16 October 2012. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Human Settlements Department on Tuesday urged farm workers not to let the housing backlog deter them from placing themselves on the waiting list.

There are approximately 2.1 million on waiting lists for housing across South Africa.

MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela interacted with the farming community at a housing dialogue outside Stellenbosch earlier in the day.

He said it is the duty of municipalities and farmers to make employees aware of their rights to apply for a house.

The MEC said he could not understand why so many farm workers do not know that they are eligible to be placed on state housing waiting lists.

Madikizela said farm workers have always just accepted living under poor conditions.

Any farm worker who earns less that R3,500 per month, can approach their local municipality and demand to be placed on the housing waiting list.

The human settlement and agriculture MECs are discussing the existing policy and are aiming to meet up in the next few months to ensure working and living conditions improve.