Sisulu urges businesses to move closer to where people live

Lindiwe Sisulu says it’s concerning that job seekers don’t get opportunities because they live too far.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says government is working at incentivising business to move closer to where workers live to avoid people living on the outskirts of cities from being excluded economically.

Sisulu is addressing construction industry role players such as Murray and Roberts and NGOs on the West Rand this afternoon.

She has engaged them about some of the plans for housing taking suggestions from experts in the industry how the department can better manage the backlog.

The minister has addressed a room filled with the construction industries key role players.

Sisulu says she decided to visit Roodepoort because it's the most integrated area in Johannesburg.

She says this is something to celebrate as government aims for a non-racial society.

She however says it's still concerning that the bulk of those in need of employment don't get opportunities because they live too far.

Sisulu has taken suggestions from stakeholders and has encouraged all construction companies to approach the department with ideas on how to better address housing challenges.