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NC loses R26m for housing

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The money was reallocated in equal portions of R98.5 million each to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga

THE NORTHERN Cape has lost

R26 million after the Province failed to spend its Housing Development Grant.

In a recent Government Gazette dated February 28, 2020, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni removed R250 million from Gauteng,

R118 million from the Free State and R26 million from the Northern Cape, because they failed to spend their Housing Development Grants.

The money was reallocated in equal portions of R98.5 million each to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

According to the Gazette, the Northern Cape will now receive R444 million, instead of the original allocation of R470 million.

The DA yesterday called on the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, to develop a clear plan of action for the three underperforming provinces that failed to spend their Housing Development Grants.

“The plan will enable the DA to track the performance of underperforming provinces – Gauteng, Northern Cape and the Free State – in the next financial year,” the DA’s Dennis Ryder said in a statement yesterday.

“South Africans are in desperate need of adequate housing and many who rely on government’s promises have been waiting expectantly for their houses only to be let down by an uncaring government.”

The Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs in the Northern Cape did not respond to requests for comment.