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Government has provided shelter to over 20m South Africans

The government has provided shelter to over 20 million South Africans‚ Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu says

Speaking during her department’s budget vote in Parliament on Tuesday‚ Sisulu said that since 1994‚ the government had provided 4.3 million houses and subsidies. 

These consisted of 2.8 million completed houses‚ 986‚000 serviced sites‚ and 121‚000 social housing units. It also included more than 360‚000 households who had taken the opportunity to acquire ownership of their previously state owned rental properties‚ 69‚000 upgraded community rental units‚ and 6‚000 finance linked subsidies.

Government was estimated to have spent over R500 billion for top structures‚ bulk services‚ social and economic amenities to achieve this‚ Sisulu said.

“We want to say to all South Africans‚ we did it‚ we are a miracle‚ and our celebrations will also take place in all provinces‚ despite the work that faces us ahead‚ which we are ready for‚ we need to celebrate the miracle we have achieved‚” she added.