Bhisho insists it allocated funds for 3 079 houses, not the 835 claimed by metro
EASTERN Cape housing bosses have accused the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality of miscalculating its housing grant allocation, saying officials had to account for more than 3 000 RDP houses for the current 2014-15 financial year.
This, as the city budgeted and reported to the council that it had only been allocated enough money by Bhisho to build a mere 835 houses.
Provincial Human Settlements head Gastor Sharpley is adamant R347.9-million was gazetted for the metro to build 3 079 houses for the year. This equates to about R113 000 for each top structure and excludes a separate urban settlements development grant to install infrastructure services at each house.
Sharpley said it also excluded the R100-million that was allocated to other housing implementing agencies, such as the Housing Development Agency, that were also charged with building houses in the Bay.
-Rochelle de Kock
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