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CT to streamline housing list

The City of Cape Town has come up with new ways to deal with the housing backlog in the area.

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

CAPE TOWN - The housing subsidy process will be streamlined now that officials have better access to housing lists, the City of Cape Town revealed on Wednesday.

In the past, the municipality had to use the provincial government's database before it could work on improving the system.

The city now has independent access to the list.

Human settlements portfolio chairperson James Slabbert said officials went through the housing subsidy beneficiary list with a fine-tooth comb and found that many people were property owners or former property owners.

He said this resulted in a decreasing number of the people on the housing subsidy list.

Slabbert said the figures dropped to 303,000 at the end of 2012 to about 276,000 in April 2013.

He added it was one of the issues which hindered the city from making progress with the subsidy list.

Slabbert said with improved access to the housing list, the problem would be a thing of the past.

The Western Cape has a housing backlog dating back 24 years.

The Human Settlements Department is expected to fund municipalities to build 12,102 houses for 2013/2014 financial year.