500,000 Ekurhuleni residents in need of houses

Human settlements MMC says there are over 100 informal settlements in the city of Ekurhuleni.

FILE: There are over 100 informal settlements in the city of Ekurhuleni. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Ekurhuleni says it faces a backlog of 500,000 people in need of housing.

Human settlements MMC Aubrey Nxumalo has addressed residents at the Lindelani Holomisa informal settlement today about the housing problems.

He says his department is in the process of compiling details of beneficiaries to receive housing title deeds within the next six months.

Nxumalo says there are over 100 informal settlements in the city of Ekurhuleni.

"Generally speaking for anyone living in a shock that is inhumane so we want to move them from the destitute, terrible conditions and place them on a site where they'll find better accommodation and services."

He says the municipality has earmarked land for these residents living on the East Rand.

Nxumalo says the increasing number of shacks is an area of concern

"In the City of Ekurhuleni we have a 30 year plan that we will put in place in terms of human settlement to address the problem of 119 informal settlements that we have. More than 800,000 of our people stay in those shack."