Hon Deputy Speaker, in line with the 2009 election manifesto, the ANC is determined to increase access to secure, decent houses for all its residents. In Gauteng the local government and the housing department launched the Ithubalethu Echo Village Housing Project in Mogale City.
The land has been restored to the people in the area and the first phase of building 150 houses on this ancestral land of the people of Doornfontein has been approved.
In the 1970s, the area was taken away from the people by the apartheid government, which also confiscated the people's livestock. But the people in Doornfontein never gave up and fought to get their land back and for their undeniable rights as citizens of South Africa.
The responsibility of the ANC-led government is to restore and bring back the dignity of the people.
The Gauteng local government and housing department is currently in negotiations with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to make sure that they finalise Phase 2. In Phase 2 there are 150 houses that will bring the total to 300 houses. It is a firm commitment of the ANC government to make sure that the lives of our people are changed for the better. Thank you.