Houses: Vulindlela waits seven years, and counting

2011-04-20 00:00

THE community of Vulindlela has been waiting seven years to have the 25 000 units from the rural housing project built for them, with the wait being attributed to poor communication between the Msunduzi Municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements.

In a recent executive committee (Exco) meeting, it was suggested that the project be fast-tracked.

Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr said the project is estimated to cost about R2 billion. He said the project is solely run by Human Settlements, but the municipality will provide some infrastructure.

“As the municipality we have not signed any memorandum on this matter with the department.”

Councillors for wards one to nine in the Vulindlela area said the housing projects are a priority earmarked to benefit the community, but it has never got off the ground because of a lack of funding.

A councillor who wished to remain anonymous for fear of being reprimanded by his party said, “The municipality has never prioritised housing for people in the rural areas; that is why still today [we have] never received any housing units for the rural Vulindlela communities.

“We applied for funding of such a project about six years ag, but we are still waiting for it,” he added.

The councillors said they prefer to work with the Section 21 company that has been formed to ensure that low-cost houses are built for the Vulindlela community.

The company was an initiative between Amakhosi in the area and ward councillors working together with Dezzo Holdings, whose primary business is to supply a variety of products and services for state funded low-income housing.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said the project is ongoing and 25 000 units are going to be built in all nine wards.

“At this particular stage we are only referring to the structures, not the services.

“The construction company should be on site at the beginning of May.”

When asked why it has taken such a long time to provide low-cost housing in the area, Zuma said there are matters that needed to be sorted out with Human Settlements.

“Finally the people of Vulindlela will receive housing delivery as should be the case,” Zuma added.

Human Settlements spokesperson Sureshinee Govender said Msunduzi Municipality has been ifacilitating the planning and the environmental impact assessment.

She said there is no tug-of- war between the two organs of state, but rather co-operation in addressing the housing backlogs.



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