Zuma launches biggest social housing project in KZN

The 952 units are rental housing for middle income earners, in the R1,500 and R7,500 monthly income bracket.

President Zuma shakes hands and hands over the home of one of the beneficiaries Nomkhosi Msimang. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

PIETERMARITZBURG – President Jacob Zuma has used the launch of South Africa's biggest social housing project to encourage citizens to make use of government programmes aimed at providing homes for the middle income group.

Zuma was speaking at the Imbalo township near Pietermaritzburg where 952 houses have been built.

The units are rental housing for middle income earners, in the R1,500 and R7,500 monthly income bracket.

The president was accompanied by acting premier Sihle Zikalala and African National Congress treasurer general Dr Zweli Mkhize.

Zuma says the new accommodation has bridged the gap for those who do not qualify for government subsidies or RDP housing.

β€œIt provides an opportunity to our working youth to live in decent and well located accommodation while promoting social integration and deconstructing the apartheid spatial master plan.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)