R101 million housing project for KwaDukuza

2016-07-13 06:00
Photo: Supplied MEC Ravi Pillay together with councillor Pinkie Mdletshe Mbambo cut the ribbon to one of the new homes. Looking on are Mayor Ricardo Mthembu and beneficiaries.

Photo: Supplied MEC Ravi Pillay together with councillor Pinkie Mdletshe Mbambo cut the ribbon to one of the new homes. Looking on are Mayor Ricardo Mthembu and beneficiaries.

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A R101 million housing project in the rural outskirts of KwaDukuza was launched on Thursday as part of re-affirming security of tenure in human settlements and home ownership.

The Sokesimbone Rural Housing Project was launched by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Ravi Pillay, mayor of KwaDukuza Ricardo Mthembu and local traditional leader Inkosi Mathonsi who thanked government for co-operation and unity in delivering the massive human settlements project.

In addition to the project, Pillay also issued more than 200 title deeds to the community of Mbozamo, Senzangakhona in Shakaville and Indian Village flats, giving residents lawful ownership of their homes in line with the Human Settlements Department’s Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme (EEDBS) policy as well as the exit stage of post-1994 housing projects.

The Sokesimbone Rural Housing is expected to yield 1000 units in two wards namely 1 and 25 in Doringkop and approximately 165 houses have already been constructed.

The project has been registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and construction of about 200 houses has already commenced.

In 2013, KwaDukuza Municipality was accorded a level 2 accreditation in terms of the Department of Human Settlements’ Accreditation Framework Policy which sees more human settlements functions being devolved to accredited municipalities so as to fast-track housing projects packaging.

In his address, Pillay thanked the vast majority of people in the community of Doringkop for maintaining stability over “chaos and anarchy that had hit the country badly” recently.

“We thank this community for exercising maturity and stability on the forces that are seen to be very hard to resist.”

KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu said these are all efforts to bring about dignity to the generations that have been affected by the government of the past.

“For over 340 years of oppression, the systematic strategy to deprive people of their basic services still persists. Today the government is restoring dignity and human freedom to the generations which were born into the legacy of the apartheid,” said Mthembu.

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