Housing project launched in Woodlands

2017-04-05 06:03
PHOTO:nokuthula khanyileMEC for Human Settlements and Public Works in KZN, Ravi Pillay, speaks at the launch of the Operation Sukuma Sakhe emergency housing project.

PHOTO:nokuthula khanyileMEC for Human Settlements and Public Works in KZN, Ravi Pillay, speaks at the launch of the Operation Sukuma Sakhe emergency housing project.

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THE MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ravi Pillay, launched a project for 113 houses in Yellowwood Place, Woodlands last Friday.

The houses form part of the second phase of the R10.9 million Operation Sukuma Sakhe Emergency Housing project in the area. This project was initiated after the 113 beneficiaries were evicted by court order from a rail reserve land belonging to Transnet.

“Money has been set aside ready for the contractor to do be paid as they do their work. After getting reports from local leaders of other people who need shelter we decided to extend the project to 181 units at the exact site. In addition, the municipality is busy with a land assessment for a feasibility of another land in the area for further projects in the future is currently being done by the municipality,” said Pillay.

He said this was not the first work being done by the department in partnership with the municipality in the ward.

“The last time I was here, I listened to the people in Site 11 who explained their problems. We are proud to say we have advertised for a contractor to start building in that area as well. Those applications are being processed and that contractor will do 252 houses in Site 11 and another 158 in Happy Valley.”

The MEC added that for all the housing projects in Msunduzi the department has set aside a R170 million.

“That is how serious we are and I make this public announcement that those resources are being set aside for that delivery. As the government we work step by step with a proper plan. We are not ready to build yet but in Yellowwood there is a feasibility plan for 270 units, the municipality will report progress as we go along.”

While some of the housing projects were still in the planning stages, he urged the community to be patient to see each step being fulfilled.

“We as the provincial government do not play games, we are serious.

“When we talk we are serious and we do it as you can see in the other projects.

“When we announce these they will happen over time work with us.”

He said the department was working at ensuring that everyone gets a fair opportunity in the housing project.

“People of all races must get a fair opportunity if they qualify for housing.

“The municipality has committed to build a non-racial unity where people of all colours can benefit.”

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