Hon Deputy Speaker, the ANC welcomes the handing over of 100 Reconstruction and Development Programme, RDP, houses by the City of Johannesburg to shackdwellers of Elias Motsoaledi Informal Settlement in Soweto.
The houses measure 40 square metres and boast insulated ceilings to keep them warm when the temperature drops and keep them cool in summer. There is a concrete apron around the house to channel rainwater instead of the commonly used gutters, downpipes and rainwater drainage.
The handing over of the houses has restored dignity to the beneficiaries of the Elias Motsoaledi Informal Settlement. The beneficiaries will no longer be vulnerable to the wet and cold weather, and will also no longer experience the difficulties of flooding in their shacks.
This initiative is in line with the ANC policy assertion that all South Africans shall live in decent conditions in suitable human settlements, and will further contribute one million housing opportunities for qualifying households over the next five years. I thank you. [Applause.]