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South Africa: The Good News    Translate This Article
10 August 2010

. . . The TAU building in Pretoria has undergone a R30-million makeover which has turned it into a shining example of development in South Africa. ...

[Once run-down and shut-down by the authorities] it was later bought by social housing provider Yeast and has now been converted into a combined village that boasts 81 self-contained family units.

It also boasts a home for Lerato House, which caters for girls who are at risk; eight units for the elderly; two for people with disabilities, a creche, bakery, hair salon, internet cafe, and laundromat.

A third of the units at the village will be rented out to people earning less than R3,500 a month while the remaining units will be rented to those who earn between R3,501 and R7,500 a month.

Speaking at the launch of the TAU Village on Friday, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said while government had spent a lot of money on RDP houses in the past, these houses had been 'essentially dotting the landscape'.

Thousands of people left these houses in favour of homes in informal settlements because they wanted to be closer to amenities, to their work and to their friends, the Minister said.

'People keep moving closer to the city because the city is vibrant; therefore we have about 2,700 informal settlements or slums.'

Sexwale added that TAU Village and the work that Yeast had done to revamp it, along with partners such as the City of Tshwane, the Gauteng Partnership Fund, the Social Housing Fund, the national and provincial Departments of Human Settlements, the National Housing Finance Housing Cooperation and other donors, was an example to the rest of South Africa.

TAU Village is situated at the heart of the capital city, said Sexwale, noting that it provided housing close to people's places of work and gave them easy access to transport.

He challenged Yeast to now find bigger buildings to transform, saying government was willing to give its support and resources to such initiatives.

He added that government was always willing to listen to new ideas that would better the lives of its citizens.

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