WC govt amends housing development law for housing

Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says the amendments will speed-up the disposal of land to municipalities.

FILE: Acting Western Cape Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government is amending housing development laws to make it easier to dispose of and acquire land for housing.

More than half a million families are in need of houses in the province.

Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says the amendments will speed-up the disposal of land to municipalities.

The provincial Department of Human Settlements says its budget only allows it to build around 18,000 houses a year.

To speed up the transfer of land for housing development, it's dis-establishing its housing development fund and transferring control of more than 17,000 properties directly to the department.

MEC Madikizela says the housing fund has been in disarray for years.

“Those houses were not transferred to people for ownership, so it was a mess.”

He says the changes to the Western Cape Housing Development Amendment Bill will make it easier to transfer provincial land and property to municipalities.

“We dispose it only on condition that land to be used for human settlement development, nothing else.”

It's hoped the amendments will be enacted before the end of the year.