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05 Aug 2011

The sale and renting out of RDP homes is becoming a major headache for Buffalo City Metro Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

Samkelo Gqeba, spokesperson for the municipality said the metro has received a number of complaints about recipients of RDP houses profiting illegally from their subsidised homes.

"As part of its housing education campaigns, the metro discourages people from selling or renting because this impacts negatively on government's efforts to curb informal settlements," said Gqeba.

He said of major concern is what is going to happen when work is finally complete on two major housing projects in the metro, in Reeston and Mdantsane.

The low-cost housing projects are a joint venture between the metro and the provincial Human Settlements Department.

He said people that abuse the housing subsidy scheme can be prosecuted under sections 10A and 10B of the Housing Act 107 of 1997, which makes it illegal for beneficiaries to sell or let subsidised low-cost houses. Recipients only receive full property titles eight years after they have occupied the houses.

Reeston Location shack dweller, Nombaliso Sindaphi, 57, said he knows of many people who don't want to live in their RDP houses and who have sold them or rented them out.

"It makes me angry to see recipients rent out the houses. I applied for an RDP house more than 10 years ago and I'm still living in a shack," said Sindaphi.

Sanele Ngcwalisa, 30, said people in Reeston are renting out their houses because it's inconvenient for them to live there.

"Some of the recipients have lived in Mdantsane for more than 15 years and get given a house in Reeston. No one wants to move to a new area after such a long time," said Ngcwalisa. – BuaNews  

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I fully agree I think our councilors did a poor assessments when they allocated the houses to our people I am renting a rdp house and the people im renting from there is plus minus six of them from the same house hold that got rdp houses and they rent them all out the reason is that they have a big family house that their parents build a long time ago they not that poor that they have to have rdp houses and they all employed and driving cars I think this rdp houses is a money making scheme I so wish that our councils can go and check on these houses how many people do not occupy the houses because they do not need it some of them have big plots with houses in the villages given to them by the chiefs but they still got rdp houses now they renting it contact me I can personally show them in mafikeng area which houses are rented and where the owners are living yet people that really need it cant get it I think this is really very unfair in life let them please go do assessments on these houses even government workers occupy rdp houses that earn such high salaries why but why is life so unfair I see every day of my life young people occupy rdp houses and don’t even make an effort to go and look for jobs getting grants what for because if I look at them they sit in the shebeens drinking and I ask my self I don’t even have money to buy a loaf of bread where do they get money to drink every day in the old days the welfare use to check on houses where kids use to get grants to see if they had food being bath are they clean and fed but now a days you know what let me stop because im getting so emotional I can not take this unfair government in south Africa - Mrs Maree

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