Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor councillor Princess Faku on Friday with the deputy minister of Human Settlements Pam Tshwete and MEC for Human Settlements Siphokazi Lusithi handed over houses to beneficiaries in Amalinda.

Also present in the event was BCMM Human Settlements MMC Malibongwe Mfazwe.


The housing project, which was started last year had about 80 houses that have already been built while the next 20 will be built in the next financial year.

The project is in BCMM’s ward 16.


Speaking to beneficiaries Mayor Faku highlighted that she was worried about housing invasions that are currently happening in new housing projects.

“We really appreciate the patients you have showed to us. We are building proper houses for our people, houses that our people can be proud of. The ANC led government under President Cyril Ramaphosa constantly delivers houses to the people. This government is also building internal roads between these new houses,”said Faku.

“Every day we are opening houses here in Buffalo City, we are the only municipality that is spending to make sure that our people’s dignity is brought back, thanks to MEC Lusithi.”

Mayor Faku said, to avoid illegal occupation houses, once a house is finished, the owners must move in. “Housing are being invaded here in Buffalo City, hence we say people must move in immediately. Electricity is next in line for this community. We have a problem of house invaders, that will be solved by people moving into their homes once they are done.”


Since December last year, Executive Mayor Faku has delivered houses to hundreds of BCMM residents both in rural and urban areas of BCMM.

MEC Lusithi cut the ribbon in one of the houses and handed keys to one of the beneficiaries.


Tshwete said people were looking up at government to built them homes. She said residents should be happy and be satisfied by their houses.

“It is our job to check and see if people are happy, satisfied when we give them these houses. And they must occupy them immediately,” she said. “We have a problem of those who have occupied these houses illegally, refuse to vacate, owners must be protected.”

She also ask if the beneficiary list was accurate. “We do not want to give houses to wrong people. Also are they happy to move in without electricity, we need to check such.”