Hibiscus Coast gets R205 million for slum clearance

2010-10-20 00:00

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) has acknowledged that providing acceptable housing and electricity to its residents should be seen as priorities.

This was said at a meeting held at the HCM council chamber in Port Shepstone yesterday.

The HCM’s director of human settlement and infrastructure, Simphiwe Nikelo, announced that HCM is working on a number of projects to develop rural communities by providing suitable housing and electricity connections.

Nikelo said one of the priorities of the municipality is to remove illegal settlements in a “slum clearance” operation

The project, he said, has received R205 million in funding from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlement.

The ongoing Greenfield Urban Project is also listed as a priority.

The project will see more than 600 low-cost houses built by March next year.

“We also have a rural housing programme — we are providing proper shelter to the rural areas,” said Nikelo.

On the issue of electricity, Nikelo said the HCM had secured R98 million from the national Department of Energy to carry out the municipality’s three-year electrification programme.

He added that a recent meeting with Eskom went well.

Operational and maintenance projects are ongoing.

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