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Manenberg housing discussed with Malawian minister

by Nurene Jassiem
12 Sep 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

Dignitaries from Malawi met with representatives of various saving schemes belonging to the SA Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDUP) and Slum Dwellers International in Manenberg at the weekend.

Vuwa Kaunda, the Deputy Minister for Land, Housing and Survey in Malawi, said the aim of the visit was to pledge support for the situation that FEDUP members find themselves in.

FEDUP is a saving scheme for housing developments and has more than 500 members in Manenberg who save money daily to build their own homes.

Many of their members are backyard dwellers who have little or no stable income.

Says Melanie Manuel, Western Cape co-ordinator for FEDUP, " encourage them to save a little money every day. Sometimes they save 50c, sometimes R1, but the point is that these people are sa?ving what they can so that they can build their own homes".

Manuel adds that FEDUP is in the process of applying to council for land that the savings groups who have saved enough money can start building on.

"There is a big backlog in hou?sing in the Western Cape and we are saying that we will build our own homes - we just need the land," says Manuel.

Sophia Kalimba, the Chief Executive of Malawi's Blantyre City Assembly. told the saving scheme members: "As people who are suffering, you are changing your own conditions and that should be your motivation".

"I want to encourage you to continue what you are doing as I think it is a good way of tackling the housing crisis," Kalimba said. Malawi representatives of UN-Habitat, the Malawi Homeless People's Federation and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey also attended the event.

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