A house rectification programme will be launched to deal with defective houses built from 2002. (File: Sapa) ~ SAPA
Parliament - Over 400 000 additional low-income houses will be built by 2016, according to the 2013/14 Budget documents tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Transfers of funds would be made to provinces and municipalities through grants to accelerate the delivery of such housing and basic services to households.
These transfers would allow for an additional 409 143 houses and upgrades to over 198 000 sites in informal settlements over the medium-term.
"The projected growth in the delivery of low-income houses is slower than the projected growth in expenditure over the medium-term due to increasing construction costs and a shift in focus towards providing access to secure tenure and basic services," the document states.
Between 1994 and the end of last year, government built 2.7 million houses for low-income families.
Housing development had a budget of R31.9bn for the new financial year.
Providing housing for low-income groups remained a major policy objective, according to the 2013 Budget Review.
Over the medium-term, government had allocated R30.3bn to upgrade informal housing in metropolitan municipalities and R1.1bn for rapidly urbanising mining towns.
It would also provide R3bn for medium-density rental housing in urban areas in this period.
About 6 000 additional medium density rental housing units were expected to be built in designated restructuring zones in cities and large towns, for households with a monthly income of between R1 500 and R7 500.