Factors impacting on the distribution of Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses in Mafikeng and the sustainability of payments for rates and services
Ngazire, Khabonini Wilpard
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Aim and scope - The purpose of this study was to identify the problems encountered by the intended beneficiaries of Reconstruction and Development Project (RDP) houses and also accessed their ability to pay for rates and services related to housing. Specific reference was made to the following objectives which were thoroughly interrogated within the study: • whether gender is considered in the allocation of houses • accuracy of information supplied by the applicants • whether the waiting list is considered during the process of issuing application forms • are current occupants the original applicants for these houses? • do the beneficiaries pay for rates and municipal services like water and electricity? The study was prompted by several reports in both the print and electronic media that deserving beneficiaries were not accessing houses and those who accessed them were unable to sustain payments for rates and services. Approach - The researcher used the quantitative approach. A sample of 200 beneficiaries was chosen out of a population of 2150 inhabitants of Mafikeng Extension 39, however only 150 beneficiaries responded to the questionnaire. Information was also collected from 20 beneficiaries in Alabama Extension 3, Klerksdorp and was used as pilot data. The primary instrument that was chosen for data presentation is the questionnaire. Statistical data analysis was done through the usage of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, producing tables and bar charts. Conclusions drawn from the study and recommendations - The results of the study were positive because they confirmed three of the assumptions that were raised, except for the two questions on gender and fraudulent information. The researcher therefore concluded that the study significantly achieved the purpose for which it was undertaken. Several recommendations were highlighted at the end of the study to try and remedy the situation. The outcome of the study prompted that further studies must be done to determine whether beneficiaries do stay in their houses.