When Gauteng Premier David Makhura returned to visit Kanana in Hammanskraal West Extension 2 as part of his Ntirhisano Service Delivery Outreach Programme, he urged the housing beneficiaries to look after their new homes in Hammanskraal.
The Ntirhisano Service Delivery Outreach Programme is an innititive for residents to voice their problems, concerns and challenges in relation to service delivery and other socio-economic issues.
The project boasts an impressive statistic of having completed 525 out of 550 houses, with the remaining 25 almost complete at roof level.
By the end of the project, a total of 2095 houses should be handed onver to the Hammanskraal community.
Premier Makhura, along with Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramakgopa urged the residents to stop the practice of selling houses and going back to their old shacks.
“We can’t give you a house for you to turn around and sell that house, and go back to your shack.
If you go back to your shack, you join the service delivery protesters, who accuse government of not delivering,” said Premier Makhura. One person who won’t be going back to her shack is 75 year old Busisiwe Mkhabela. She relayed to the Premier and Mayor about how she struggled over 15 years while living in a n informal settlement with her two grandchildren and one gread grandchild.
“I’ve been suffering since I arrived in Kanana in 2000. The shack I was living in was in a bad state. I couldn’t keep food inside because the rats would eat everything and when it was raining, water would come inside the house,” Mkhabela told the Premier.
“They promised us sanitation, water, electricity and houses. I’ve been following the progress since then and everything they promised has been delivered,” said Mkhabela. RDP housing features two bedrooms, a lounge, fully functional kitchen and a bathroom with a flush toilet and bathtub.