Vulindlela project to create local jobs

2011-08-03 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements plans to encourage the people of Vulindlela to provide building materials and bricks for 25 000 homes in the R2 billion housing project.

Speaking during the Human Settlements Committee meeting at the provincial Legislature yesterday, head of department, Gabi Gumbi-Masilela, told committee members that through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), the department plans to create jobs in bulk for Vulindlela dwellers.

Gumbi-Masilela said that the department plans to encourage women to form cooperatives and there are also plans to establish brickyards in all the wards in the Vulindlela area. She said that 5 000 beneficiaries for the housing project have already been screened and that R99 million has been allocated by the department for the facilitation and setting up of the project.

Meanwhile, the committee was told by departmental officials that there are families, throughout all the province’s 11 districts, who are still waiting for their houses, which were damaged in natural disasters, to be rebuild or rehabilitated.

The officials said that in some of the districts the beneficiaries have been found to have sold the building materials meant to rehabilitate their houses.

The department said that in uMgungundlovu District it has completed 67 houses out of 91 affected by disasters.

In the Ugu District 497 have been completed out of 649 while the officials came under fire for the slow progress in the Uthukela District. In that district 344 houses were affected but 64 were reconstructed and 280 houses will be issued with materials for repairs.

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