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The HDA, on behalf of the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements, is project-managing the upgrading and rectifying of government-built houses that were poorly constructed. The HDA is currently involved in a massive upgrading and rectification programme in five wards of Soweto-on-Sea and Veeplaas, and phase 1 of the project will see 2 500 units turned into decent homes.

The upgrading of the units includes inside plastering, installing water tanks, fitting gutters and electrical conduits, putting in ceilings, and fitting meranti window and door frames.

The HDA project manager responsible for the rectification and upgrading, Ivan Steneveldt, says the original RDP houses were not built with all these extras. “They are only plastered outside. We are going the extra mile and providing all these additional fittings to make the houses comfortable to live in, and also to make the owners feel proud of their properties.”

The estimated cost of the project is about R220-million. The HDA is happy with the progress, and the home owners are elated with their new-found comfort.

Most of the houses being rectified were built in 1994.