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Gauteng govt to build 50,000 housing unit this year

Paul Mashatile says they are confident that the 50,000 houses target will be reached.

FILE: Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government has assured residents that major efforts are underway to provide housing, with the completion of 50,000 units this year.

There have been numerous protests over service delivery and a lack of housing over the past few months, with two people being killed in Hammanskraal yesterday when the Red Ants tried to remove shacks.

Residents demanded to stay in the area, with many complaining they have nowhere to go.

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The departments of Co-operative Governance and Human Settlements have now presented their plans for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile came under intense criticism from members of the opposition with the Democratic Alliance's Jack Bloom calling his return an unwelcome blast from the past.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mandisa Mashego says the housing targets set won't be achieved.

"They are dishonest to indicate that they are going to build those houses because, practically, they have not been able to build even over 30,000 houses a year."

Mashatile, however, says through partnerships with the private sector they are confident that the 50,000 houses target will be reached.