Monday, May 25, 2009

Minister to take housing challenges head on

By Mandisi Tyulu
25 May 2009

The new Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale is wasting no time in hitting the ground running.

If government’s fight against poverty was to be symbolized as a spear - then the Department of Human Settlements would be at the sharp end of that spear, says Mr Sexwale, who is confident that obstacles hindering the delivery of houses to the poor can be overcome over the next five years.

Sexwale said when we talk about creating human settlements, and refer in broad terms to waging a war on poverty, then that really ought to be there.

This follows the minister meeting with housing MECs from all nine provinces to discuss the way forward and to identify key strategies to be used in fighting the housing backlog in the country.


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