Fairness of allocations in Marikana housing project questioned

Concerns have been raised as to how fair the allocation process will be for prospective beneficiaries.

FILE. Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and other government officials yesterday celebrated the completion of at least 200 built properties in the North West town. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As government officially hands over a new housing development in Marikana, concerns have been raised as to how fair the allocation process will be for prospective beneficiaries.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and other government officials yesterday celebrated the completion of at least 200 built properties in the North West town.

The mining community made headlines in 2012 when 44 people were killed during a protracted strike.

Sisulu says mineworkers who earn up to R15,000 will be eligible for the new housing development.

She says other factors, determined by the mining unions, will also come into play.

But ward councillor Eric Mundjeni says it's simply a matter of clarifying the process to the mineworkers.

"We are dealing with addressing issues that can cause a problem during the allocation of the people and see how people are going to be accommodated."

The Rustenburg councillor and leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) later met at the local community hall to brief the community on the criteria that will be used to decide who will occupy the housing project.