Pretoria: The Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Jacob Mamabolo, says the elderly and other vulnerable citizens must be put first in the building of homes in Badirile, Brandvlei.
MEC Mamabolo on Wednesday handed over the site to a contractor to complete work on the vandalized houses.
The housing project, with 292 units, faced numerous challenges that led to some of the houses not having basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation.
Some homes were vandalised and left without windows and doors, making it difficult for residents to move in.
"I firstly want to apologise to the residents for the delays. Now that the contractor is on site, I want them to prioritise the houses of the elderly and other vulnerable members of this community. They must have a wonderful Christmas in houses that are of high quality standard," said MEC Mamabolo.
He said the contractor must ensure that the houses meet all their standards, including being fitted with basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation.
Eskom is already on standby to electrify completed units. All houses are expected to be completed by March 2016.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS