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'Govt. builds 170,000 houses'

The Human Settlements Department on Thursday said it has built 170,000 houses in 2012.

Angry residents of Botrivier outside Hermanus in the Cape protesting the delivery of only four RDP houses. 28 May 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Human Settlements Department on Thursday said it has built 170,000 houses in 2012.

This was revealed in a Parliamentary reply to questions from the Congress of the People.

During the 2011-2012 financial year, Gauteng saw the highest number of low-costs houses being built.

More than 38,000 new homes were constructed.

Another 27,000 RDP houses were built in KwaZulu-Natal.

Most provinces, with the exception of the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West, saw a decline in the number of homes being built.

More than 19,000 homes were erected in the Western Cape, which is a drop from 2011's figure of 24,500.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Human Settlements Department said it cannot keep up with the demand, as more people flock to the province annually.