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Housing spend focuses on mine trouble spots

Dec 02 2014 12:00
Donwald Pressly
Cape Town - The state has focused its informal settlement spending on the troubled mining towns of Rustenburg and Madibeng in the North West province, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has divulged.

Madibeng municipality includes the site of the Marikana mining massacre two years ago.

This emerged in a parliamentary reply by Sisulu to DA MP Andricus van der Westhuizen, who asked how the budgeted figure of R290m would be spent on informal settlement upgrading during the 2014-15.

Sisulu indicated that the largest amounts would be spent in North West - the epicentre of the platinum mining strikes and conflict. In Rustenburg R65m would be spent this year, followed by Madibeng at just short of R70m. A further R4m would be spent at Kgetlengrivier and R16m at Moses Kotane.

Madibeng local municipality is located between the Magaliesberg and Witwatersrand, some 60 km from Rustenburg. The main towns are Brits, Mooinooi and Marikana.

The Kgetlengrivier local municipality includes the towns of Koster, Derby and Swartruggens. The Moses Kotane municipality includes Pilanesberg, Sun City and the major town of Madikwe - also part of the mining belt.

Sisulu noted that the largest portion of the informal settlement upgrading budget went to North West - a total of R155m.

The next largest slice goes to Mpumalanga at R43m followed by Gauteng's R32m and the Free State's R31m. Limpopo gets R17m and the Northern Cape R9m.

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