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Plan for housing allocation

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A HOUSING Allocation Project has been drawn up for adoption by the Sol Plaatje City Council following queries about waiting lists for houses from the Public Protector's Office, the Human Rights Commission and the court. It is hoped that guidelines in the project will allow for the development of a structured allocation process with no influences on the allocation procedures.

A HOUSING Allocation Project has been drawn up for adoption by the Sol Plaatje City Council following queries about waiting lists for houses from the Public Protector’s Office, the Human Rights Commission and the court.

It is hoped that guidelines in the project will allow for the development of a structured allocation process with no influences on the allocation procedures.

In terms of the draft policy the qualifying criteria is that applicants must be a South African citizen; 18 years or older; be married, live with a partner or be a single person with one or more dependants; not have received a housing subsidy previously and not owned property previously. A subsidy house transferred to a homeowner can only be sold after eight years of ownership.

In cases where the beneficiary dies before being allocated a house, dependants will have access to the house.

Priority will be given according to a list of criteria, whereafter a first-come, first-serve policy will be implemented.

Priority will include senior citizens, child-headed households, disabled citizens, unemployed women over 40 with dependants, unemployed HIV/Aids headed households, unemployed 40 years and over with dependants, unemployed 40 years and over without dependants, employed woman over 40 with dependants, employed HIV/Aids headed households and single woman 40 years and older.

Applicants must first apply and submit their applications to the Housing Department of the municipality and all applications will be captured on the housing demand database, whereafter the applicant will be issued with a housing application receipt reflecting the date of the application, the type of accommodation applied for and the signature of the housing manager.

The needs register will be open for public viewing at the Housing Offices in Galeshewe.

The policy also deals with informally occupied stands, including unserviced but surveyed stands; serviced but surveyed stands and the occupation of unsurveyed areas, as well as emergency housing allocation.

In terms of rental housing stock, applicants must have a combined household income of at least R1 960 per month (in terms of Community Residential Units the minimum income must be less than R3 500 a month).

A rental unit will not be allocated to a household where the rent is more than 25 percent of the gross income of household.

The unit allocated will also prevent overcrowding by taking the number of people per unit into account and an applicant will also be allocated accommodation containing the number of bedrooms to match family size and how much they can afford.

The estimated rent per unit will be:

Impala Court (one bedroom) R1 018

Impala Court (two bedroom) R1 280

Hercules Court (one bedroom) R1 130

Hercules Court (two bedroom) R1 400

Holland Court (one bedroom) R1 520

Holland Court (two bedroom) R1 852

Holland Court (three bedroom) R1 954

Holland Court Bachelor R1 313

Newton Court (one bedroom) R1 670

Newton Court (two bedroom) R2 060

Newton Court (three bedroom) R2 350

Tiffany Court (two bedroom) R2 060

Eugenie Court (one bedroom) R1 652

Eugenie Court (two bedroom) R1 960

Jonker Court (one bedroom) R1 362

Jonker Court (two bedroom) R1 655

Eureka Court (one bedroom) R1 362

Eureka Court (two bedroom) R1 655

Krisant Court (one bedroom) R1 307

Krisant Court (two bedroom) R1 672

Roodepan flats (one bedroom) R490

Roodepan flats (two bedroom) R817

Roodepan flats (three bedroom) R1 111

Flamingo Court (one bedroom) R855

Flamingo Court (two bedroom) R1 070

Flamingo Court (bachelor) R780

By-pass houses:

7 Villiers Street R1 204

9 Villiers Street R1 144

27a St Augustines Road R1 250

28 St Augustines Road R1 438

29 St Augustines Road R1 138

20 Auction Road R1 242

4 Marriott Street R1 133

21 Diebel Street R1 530

13 Fuller Street R1 013

49 Jacobson Avenue R1 732

183 Barkly Road R720

185 Barkly Road R855

30 Meyer Street R2 309

West End Nursery House R1 258

Pioneer Cemetery House R332

104 Waterworks Street R1 418

Santa Centre rental units R44

Dingaan Family units (bachelor) R192

Dingaan Family units (1 bedroom) R220

The current debt owed for rental units to the Sol Plaatje Municipality is currently exorbitant, with most units owing vast sums of money in outstanding rental.

The 32 units in Krisant Court collectively owe R2.2 million with only one unit owing nothing, while one flat is vacant.

In Hercules Court, which has 62 units, R2.9 million is owed. Five units have R0 balances, while one unit is vacant and one is temporary accommodation. The highest outstanding balance is R136 949.

Jonker Court, which has 24 units, owes R1.26 million, with the highest outstanding balance being R154 089, while Eureka Courts’ 20 units owe R1.38 million (seven of the 20 occupants owe more than R100 000 while only one has a nil balance).

Eugenie Court, which has 30 units, owes R2 million. Ten residents owe more than R100 000 and one owes R206 000, while four have nil balances.

At Impala Court, the outstanding balance is R4 million for the 52 units. Three residents have nil balances, while the highest outstanding amount is R157 000.

Flamingo Court has an outstanding balance of R1.7 million for the 48 units, with six residents owing nothing.

The outstanding balances for the other flats are R1.1 million for Tiffany Court (24 units), R957 000 for the 24 units at Newton Court, R904 967 for the 36 units at Holland Court.

The 14 by-pass houses owe R627 174.

Santa Centre residents owe R61 000 while the Dingaan Hostels, where 31 of the 64 occupants are illegal, owes a total of R1.7 million.

The Dingaan Hostel Yellow Door owes R859 000, the Blue Door owes R1.6 million, while the Grey Door owes R128 000. Around half the residents in all these hostels are illegal occupants.