RDP housing in Kanana Hammanskraal

Kanana residents have something to smile about this festive season,the RDP housing program in Hammanskraal is underway and a lot of houses have been constructed now almost ready for occupation.

The Government of South Africa can be  applauded for this great program and initiative,erasing some of the bad taints of poor service delivery that have resulted in road strikes.

Most families with 4 inhabitants or more have been living in Sharks-(mikuku) making life unbearable especially under the hot,or rain conditions.


Now this program will leave them living in a 4 Roomed house ,painted and tiled,with an inside flushing toilet and a bath.


What Does RDP mean and what it stands for?

From Wikipedia.

Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) is a South African socio-economic policy framework implemented by the African National Congress (ANC) government ofNelson Mandela in 1994 after months of discussions, consultations and negotiations between the ANC, its Alliance partners the Congress of South African Trade Unions and theSouth African Communist Party, and “mass organisations in the wider civil society”.[1]

The ANC’s chief aim in developing and implementing the Reconstruction and Development Programme, was to address the immense socioeconomic problems brought about by the consequences of the struggle against its predecessors under the Apartheid regime. Specifically, it set its sights on alleviating poverty and addressing the massive shortfalls insocial services across the country—something that the document acknowledged would rely upon a stronger macroeconomic environment.[1]

Achieving poverty alleviation and a stronger economy were thus seen as deeply interrelated and mutually supporting objectives—development without growth would be financially unsustainable, while growth without development would fail to bring about the necessary structural transformation within South Africa’s deeply inequitable and largely impoverished population. Hence the RDP attempted to combine measures to boost the economy such as contained fiscal spending, sustained or lowered taxes, reduction of government debt and trade liberalisationwith socially minded social service provisions and infrastructural projects. In this way, the policy took on both socialist and neo-liberal elements—but could not be easily categorised wholly in either camp.

This program aims to address socio-economic issues in South Africa communities such as the need for proper housing,clean water,Electrification,Land reform ,health care and public works.

Who can Apply For an Rdp and how to apply?


In this regard i will feature property 24 article-It says:

People applying for an RDP house should:

– be a South African citizen

– over 21 years of age

– must have a total household income of less than R3 500 per month

– must be married or live with a partner or be single and have dependents (children you are responsible for)

– must never have owned a house or a property anywhere in South Africa

– applicants will only ever get one housing subsidy (except for consolidation subsidy) so they must use it wisely

– the names of both partners are then added onto a database. If they separate from their partner whose name appears in the database, they will not be granted another subsidy with a new partner

– applications can be done at all local housing departments and they will be added on the housing waiting list. Applicants will be notified when their house is ready.

– RDP houses are not for sale, they are free.

– anyone who wants to extend or renovate their RDP house before eight years of ownership must get permission to do so from their local municipality

You can read more about this article on Property 24 website.

Post your comments below,what do you think of the RDP housing program,Is it benefiting the relevant people or Not?

Do you have any questions,post them below and we will consult the relevant people to answer them.

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