Cinderella Park resident gets RDP house

2017-09-20 06:01
PHOTO:SuppliedAt the handover of the RDP house (from left) Philile Memela, Matho Sampson, Freddy Wegner, Mike Amod (Eastwood councillor), Friedah Msimanga (house recipient), Eunice Majola and Mzwandile Goge.

PHOTO:SuppliedAt the handover of the RDP house (from left) Philile Memela, Matho Sampson, Freddy Wegner, Mike Amod (Eastwood councillor), Friedah Msimanga (house recipient), Eunice Majola and Mzwandile Goge.

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FRIEDAH Msimanga’s 15-year wait for decent shelter came to an end on Monday, September 11, when she was given the keys to her new RDP home in Cinderella Park.
Msimanga first applied for a RDP house 15 years ago, but because of contractor issues she was one whose house was not built.

She has been living in a one-room wood house, which she shares with her now 14-year-old daughter.

“We cooked, bathed and slept in that one room. It is a room that was left to me when my sister passed away,” said Msimanga.

Chairperson of the Msunduzi Municipality Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements and former area councillor Eunice Majola said Msimanga was one of 30 residents in the ward who had not received a house in the roll-out of the first housing project in the area.

“When I was the councillor of this ward I received several complaints regarding the 30 residents that had not been beneficiaries of houses.

“I then escalated the matter to the municipality which, in turn, took it to the Department of Human Settlement.”

Majola said Msimanga’s house was built with funds that remained from the initial housing project. The construction of the remaining 29 residents’ houses would begin in April 2018 and will be funded by the Department of Human Settlements.

Speaking on behalf of the ward war room, the chairperson Mzwandile Goge thanked the Department of Human Settlements and the Msunduzi Municipality for ensuring the 30 residents receive adequate shelter.

Goge told beneficiaries not to rent their house out or put it up for sale.

“These houses are built for people who honestly need them.
“I also appeal to beneficiaries to take care of their houses and ensure they use water sparingly. As a community, we need to take care of resources we receive from government,” he said.

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