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Western Cape government defends ‘better shacks’ housing initiative

The Better Living Challenge project aims to assist residents with self-build skills and knowledge, which can be used to build better structures in informal settlements
Western Cape government defends 'better shacks' housing initiative

The Western Cape’s Department of Human Settlements has defended its latest housing project after receiving backlash online.

The Better Living Challenge (BLC) project, which was announced this week by the department of human settlements and the department of economic affairs and tourism aims to assist residents in an informal settlement with self-build skills and knowledge.

A 13-part video series developed for the project to help residents of informal settlements “gain a better understanding of topics such as layout, foundations and building double-storey structures” has been heavily criticised.

Social media users have called for the province to provide better housing and not ideas on how to build “better shacks”.

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The Western Cape human settlements department said the project forms part of the solution to the province’s growing housing backlog.

Adding that initiating the better living challenge will improve structures while people are still on the waiting list.


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