The Human Settlements Department says it will soon launch a programme that provides land and allows for people to build their own homes. This is in a bid to alleviate the housing backlog.
The ministry handed over houses to military veterans and issued title deeds to the beneficiaries of fully subsidised government houses at Savannah City in Midvaal, south of Johannesburg.
It has been a long wait for 88-year-old Maria Manyaku, who finally set foot in a place she could call home.
“I have waited for so long; today I am grateful to finally receive my house. I was living in such poor conditions. This house is so beautiful and I vow to always keep it in its great condition,” she says.
Before this, Manyaku was renting a house with her son and employed as a domestic worker. Her new home and title deed now assures her stability.
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