Minister eases housing worry

2017-10-03 06:05
The executive members of the New Woodlands Ratepayers’ Association with Ricardo Mackenzie, a provincial parliamentarian, Joan Woodman, ward councillor, and Bonginkosi Madikizele, provincial human settlements minister.

The executive members of the New Woodlands Ratepayers’ Association with Ricardo Mackenzie, a provincial parliamentarian, Joan Woodman, ward councillor, and Bonginkosi Madikizele, provincial human settlements minister.

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In a bid to address continued concerns about housing, the provincial human settlements minister and some of his department’s senior officials addressed residents of New Woodlands in the Northwood community hall on Tuesday last week.

Bonginkosi Madikizele was well received and addressed concerns raised by residents regarding the proposed Kosovo south corridor development.

The site was presented as an option for the southern corridor development programme, and the community made it clear that they were open to diversity and integration, but felt aggrieved by the manner in which the project was presented.

Concerns were raised about who would be contracted and whether there would be job creation for the residents of New ­Woodlands.

Community members also requested that relevant roleplayers, the departments of education and transport and others have ­input.

Madikizele assured attendees they would be transparent. He mandated the officials to continue to engage with the community and be inclusive. Madikizele said he would also ensure that he would engage with the New Woodlands Ratepayers’ Association.

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