As ARP we are looking forward to another year of improved interaction and communication with our community. It is therefore befitting that we start the year by attending to questions and concerns raised by residents in our different communication tools. Government always appreciates hearing from the people it services and it is our pleasure and responsibility to listen and be accountable in our quest to improve service delivery. We take this moment to thank Alex for constantly communicating with us through different platforms. In this insert we look at a few questions and comments from Alex Pioneer and Alex Fm Facebook pages, which are mainly on FLISP (Finance-Linked Individual Subsidy Programme).
1.What is the process of applying for Bohlabela Flisp project? Where do we go to apply for the family units?
Subsequent to a series of uncertainty and confusion (by the community) that have risen as a result of a launch of Flisp in Alexandra towards the end of last year, a decision was taken to the effect that there should be a Consumer Education Workshop in the beginning of the year to take people through the necessary requirements in relation to applications. Details regarding the workshop/s will be communicated through the media and other communication platforms available. In the meantime residents can contact the ARP offices at (011) 582 1400 / 1600 for any other information.
- 2. What are the qualifying criteria for Bohlabela Phase 2 housing development (FLISP)?
Anyone earning between R3 501 and R15 000 and has never owned a house before or benefited from any government housing subsidy programme, qualifies to apply. Otherwise despite the salary scale other qualification criteria for a normal RDP house apply.
- 3. When and where will the registration process be started?
The registration has NOT started. For any other information please do not hesitate to contact (011) 582 1400/1600.
- 4. Why has ARP moved their offices to Sandton away from easy reach of ordinary people?
The lease agreement between ARP and the Pentad Building owners expired on 30 June last year. The City of Johannesburg took a strategic decision to temporarily move ARP to Sandton Region E because the space was readily available. However, in the meantime an operational satellite office is being considered as a matter of urgency. There are plans in the pipeline to move Region E to an area adjacent to Alexandra.
- How transparent is the allocation process in Alexandra? Is the list of people who have been allocated houses by ARP open to the public?
It is our responsibility to be transparent and accountable as per our Batho Pele principles. We used to have an Allocations Task Team where ARP, Coj, Ward Councillors and structures from the community specifically looked at the relocation and allocation of housing units in Alexandra. This team is currently not sitting and is in the process of being restructured in alignment with the new processes developed by Coj. In addition to this, there was a campaign from ARP in the first half of last year on Alex Pioneer where the names of beneficiaries of Ext 10 project were published. It is also important to note that the Allocation lists are available and open to the public for inspection.
- What about housing opportunities in the Brits (Rustenburg) area? Are there any developments that side for us to buy?
Yes. The FLISP programme is a national project, therefore we urge anybody interested in the Rustenburg area to check with the North West provincial department of housing for FLISP projects in Bojanala District, Madibeng Municipality.
Additional comments from the public:
- Tsedu: I am so happy about this project; it will be a pleasure for me to stay there next year.
- Somandla: Thank you so much for this, we are really struggling, this is an opportunity for some of us to also own properties.
- Refiloe: Good program indeed, it will discourage people from moving out of Alexandra to Ebonypark, Klipfontein and Allandale.
Please Note: This article was originally published in 2012.