Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
2 Mar 2021
5:17 am

Hopefuls call dibs on incomplete RDP homes

Marizka Coetzer

Inside one of the units, The Citizen met two women sitting on a carpet in what should be the living room, eating bread and slap chips for lunch. They agreed to talk on condition anonymity.

A general view of the RDP flats in Olievenhoutbosch that are being occupied before the construction has been finalised, 1 March 2021, Centurion. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Some residents in Olievenhoutbosch have become so desperate to get their promised Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses, they have moved into an incomplete building without electricity, water or window glass, rather than risk losing the property. Units which do have windows are covered with anything from old school textbooks to newspapers and curtains. Names, symbols or numbers are painted or spray-painted on the doors. Far in the distance, behind one of the flat buildings, there is an informal shop selling cigarettes and sweets under a net. Passers-by don’t know much about the drama of the RDP flats, and residents...