Not everyone wants to receive an RDP house provided by the Government. Some people cannot wait until the State provides.
Some have means to build their own home, but often find it difficult to find suitable spaces.
The Gauteng Provincial Government has recently unveiled their solution to this particular land question.
This is the Rapid Land Release programme, or dubbed Ikageleng (meaning Build by yourself in Sesotho).
The programme provides serviced stands, which are portions of land that are ready for building of homes. These stands come serviced with electricity, water, streets and sewer.
Beneficiaries who participate in this programme will be removed from the housing needs register.
The Ikageleng Rapid Land Release programme was launched in Palm Ridge, south of Ekurhuleni, where the provincial government handed over title deeds and stands to local beneficiaries.
The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements is currently allocating serviced stands (land) to qualifying beneficiaries across the province.
This rapid land programme seeks to address the housing backlog by providing home-seekers serviced stands to build houses for themselves.
Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Human Settlements Cllr Lesiba Mpya said the City was delighted to be in the forefront of releasing serviced stands to the communities of Ekurhuleni.
“We are very excited to be in a partnership with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements that is seeking to change the lives of Ekurhuleni residents. A week ago, we released 1 394 serviced stands and those stands include title deeds which provide security of tenure for the beneficiaries.
“The serviced stands programme aims to reduce the RDP housing backlog and upgrade the lives of those who are low-income earners,” said MMC Mpya.
Who qualifies for the free stands
Building plans are provided for beneficiaries where they can then choose plans that range from 35m2 to 87m2.
Phase One focuses primarily on those earning between R3 501 – R7 000 to ease the burden on struggling households, and provide an allowance to those earning up to R22 000 – but those details with follow up at a later stage.
Beneficiaries who receive serviced stands in the form of land need to secure funding and build a formal structure within five years, or return the stand back to department.
Potential beneficiaries on the waiting list who qualify will receive an SMS from the department with further information.
Residents can visit the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements regional offices across all five corridors of the province.