More than 1 000 houses will be handed to residents of Joe Slovo West, in the Eastern Cape on Thursday as part of an upgrading project which will encompass the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
The project is aimed at relocating families from the Chatty river flood plains area and will serve to create 20 000 housing units in the next 15 years.
Human Settlement Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the project will provide for the housing needs of around 10 000 families in the area.
The recent government initiatives surrounding housing have come during a time of increased frustration and criticism.
Many families in lower income areas and informal settlements have waited around 23 years for the delivery of houses with many of them still living in conditions resembling apartheid standards.
Recently, the City of Cape Town has announced its intentions to readdress the spatial segregation of the past by planning affordable inner-city housing for the poor.
Similarly, the Johannesburg Metro has planned to remove illegal residents from abandoned buildings so as to repurpose the structures for social housing and safety projects.