Jika Joe: Council moves ahead with rehabilitation

2010-05-19 00:00

DESPITE initial hiccups, the Msunduzi Municipality is moving ahead with the rehabilitation of the Jika Joe settlement as announced two weeks ago.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, ward councillor Peter Green said the relocation of settlement residents is still on track.

He said about nine shack dwellings were destroyed in the fires set off by a candle in the early hours of Monday morning, and affected residents are being housed in tents next to the hall at the Masukwana housing project premises.

He said the municipality did a major clean-up following the blaze and all the rubbish that had accumulated in the area was removed.

“Temporary housing is still on line. Funds have to be sourced and residents have to be verified,” said Green. He said the municipality attempted to conduct a survey of the residents last week, but residents did not co-operate.

Green said had he known, he would have advised officials go through the relevant committee in the area to gain the residents’ support.

He said he subsequently met with the committee regarding the survey and municipal representatives will be given a report-back at the Tatham Sports Grounds on Sunday.

Although the wheels are in motion, there are still issues to sort out, such as the conti­nuous stealing of electricity, unscrupulous landlords and the informal economy, he said. “Obviously we can’t destroy the informal economy, but we simply cannot sit back and allow illegal activities to continue.”

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