Human Settlement

Serviced Stands Agent Scam

The City of Ekurhuleni is investigating cases where people are duped into paying for serviced stands. 

Housing beneficiaries are advised not to pay anyone who claims they can add them to the housing waiting lists, or give them a serviced stand. 

Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Human Settlements Lesiba Mpya said the City was investigating a number of cases where people were done in by these fraudsters.

“There are scammer impersonating me and charging residents R5 000 for serviced stands. I assure residents that serviced stands and RDP houses are not for sale and my office is not charging anyone for rapid land or housing units,” he said.

He urged the public to continue reporting all housing fraud to the City’s Anti-Fraud and Corruption hotline on 0800 102 201.


The Serviced Stands Programme


The serviced stands programme aims to reduce the RDP housing backlog and upgrade the lives of those who are low income earners.

Services stands comes with one or more of the following services infrastructure:

  • Title deed registration
  • Bathroom / Toilet structure
  • Water and sewer network systems
  • Roads and storm water network systems
  • A full range of municipal services

Unlike the Project Linked Subsidy where a contractor builds houses for beneficiaries, the serviced stands allows beneficiaries to build or organise their own homes. If a person chooses a serviced stand, they also have to agree to abide by the rules that, among other, includes periods of when they will build a house on the site.