- Last year the City of Tshwane sold the mayoral mansion in order to raise funds to build 40 RDP houses
- Earlier Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga announced the first two families to benefit from the sale had already been selected
- The houses will be built in Atteridgeville and should be ready for occupation at the end of May 2019
Last year the City of Tshwane sold its mayoral mansion to raise funds which Mayor Solly Msimanga promised would be used to build 40 RDP homes. Earlier Msimanga announced that the first two families to benefit from the scheme had been selected.
Msimanga said Evelin Khuboni, an elderly lady who has waited nearly 20 years for an RDP house and currently rents a backroom in Mamelodi and Joshua Toka, a wheelchair-bound man who lives with his wife in Atteridgeville would be the first two to receive homes.
Speaking from the Tshwane House municipal headquarters, Msimanga said the houses would be built in Atteridgeville and would be completed next year.
Briefly.co.za gathered that construction is due to start at the beginning of May this year and the first homes are expected to be completed by the end of May 2019.
Msimanga said the selection process for the houses, would be based on the provision of homes to deserving families who were in dire need, he said applications from all sectors of the community would be considered.
“This is in line with the City’s vision of creating integrated communities … We have already started with the identification of beneficiaries for these houses. Top of our priority is addressing special cases first‚” he said
Msimanga said the proceeds from the sale of the mansion gave the municipality an unprecedented opportunity to explore alternative building technologies which are reliable‚ durable‚ aesthetically pleasing‚ environmentally friendly and bigger but affordable.
The mayor said the project gave the City of Tshwane an opportunity to set new standards for low-cost housing.
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