‘United’ house site identified

2016-06-01 06:00

LAST week Msunduzi Municipality confirmed that the delay for building houses, as promised by Maritzburg United, is on their side.

The land in Edendale DD Township had been allocated to the Mthiyane family for the building of their private house.

The house is to be built be Maritzburg­ United as part of their agreement with the municipality which states that for every season supported by the municipality, the club will build a house for a destitute family.

At the last executive committee, the issue of a boundary dispute between the municipality and the Makhathini family, who share a common boundary with the municipality, was discussed.

Deputy municipal manager for Economic Development Ray Ngcobo said the city had, upon inspection, discovered that the neighbouring property had illegally extended their house onto the property identified.

“We subsequently received a letter from the public protector and now it is taking a legal course. We had to find an alternative site to not delay United further,” he said.

The issue of the building of the house had been under discussion for a couple weeks when it came to light that Maritzburg United had not built the house as stipulated in their agreement with the municipality.

Brian Zuma, marketing and communications manager of the club, reported at a full council meeting that the reason the team had not fulfilled the promise was because of an internal issue in the municipality.

“We have confirmed what they [Maritzburg United] said, that we are holding them up. We must use the remaining season to tie up loose ends,” said mayor Chris Ndlela.

He added that exco needs to be clear on matters where the law has been broken knowingly and requested­ that the economic development portfolio deal with the illegal matters speedily “but not at the expense of the destitute family”.

DA councillor Judith Lawrence asked whether the contract with Maritzburg United, of which there is only one season remaining, stipulated that a house must be built for every season that the team receive the R12 million funding from the municipality.

She furthered asked how many houses have been built or if this is the first and only one so far.

Ngcobo said that the contract stated one house per season.

“We will follow up to check that they fulfil their obligation.

“A great deal of work has been done in order to assist Maritzburg United,” he said.

Bill Lambert, DA councillor, said that the houses to be built were not in question, it was a condition of the funding.

“The responsibility is ours to ensure that the conditions are followed up.

“We are left with only one season, we need to make sure that all conditions are met,” he said.

It was resolved that the municipality will write a letter to Maritzburg United stating that the site for the house has been identified.

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