Bonginkosi Madikizela outlines W Province's new approach to providing housing

Human Settlements MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela on Tuesday delivered his budget speech in the provincial legislature.

The speech detailed how the province will spend its R2.7 billion allocation in the current financial year.

Speaking to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies, Madikizela says his budget speech focused three things. Firstly, lessons learned in the last 25 years a country, secondly, the need to account to the people of the Western Cape and lastly, to share plans and projects in the pipeline.

He says during his time in office he has learned that keeping people on the housing waiting list is the wrong approach.

Read: W Cape ANC and DA at loggerheads over housing budget spend

We have to overhaul the criteria that we use, bring everyone on board and clearly define the role of everyone.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Human Settlements MEC - WC Government

It is high time that as politicians we stop this thing of going around and promising people impossible things.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Human Settlements MEC - WC Government

He says government is looking at changing the way its been doing things and involve the private sector who is willing to assist in providing houses for those in need.

Currently, the Western Cape government provides subsidies for housing to people who are able to apply for funding from the banks, he explains.

However, it is looking at changing that.

What we need to do is to provide land and some subsidy to service that land so that the private sector can come on board and assist in building these houses.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Human Settlements MEC - WC Government

These lessons that we learned are starting to bear fruits and we are starting to change some of our policy areas that are problematic.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Human Settlements MEC - WC Government

Part of his speech on Tuesday included revolutionising the way houses are built to respond to challenges of climate change.

We need to make sure that we build houses differently. We made a provision in our current project that at least 30% of houses should use Alternative Building Technologies (ABT)

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Human Settlements MEC - WC Government

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