Jika Joe ‘no’ to homes on Tatham field

2011-09-12 00:00

THE Village community near the Jika Joe informal settlement has objected to the Msunduzi Municipality proposal to build RDP houses on the Tatham Sports Ground.

They registered their concerns during the executive committee (Exco) meeting last week.

The council has already secured a R43 million grant for the Human Settlement Department for temporary housing units, but the people of Jika Joe informal settlement want the council to build permanent community residential units on the sports ground for about 530 people.

The Midlands Medical Centre and businesses next to Jika Joe have objected to the construction of temporary housing.

A representative of the Village community, Pranil Mohabeer, told council they want it to recognise the historical importance of the Tatham Sports Ground, which was donated to them in 1936.

He said the council has not consulted properly with the Village residents, and they have a petition signed by 7 600 objectors.

Ward 33 councillor Naleni Atwaru said any project that addresses the need for affordable housing in the central business district is welcome, but developers must recognise that there are buildings and sites of historical value. The Tatham ground played a role in non-racial sport, she added.

“We also welcome a process which allows for a wider public participation, thus ensuring that we adhere to all legislative requirements,” she added.

Administrator Sibusiso Sithole said it was his decision alone to build the housing because conditions at Jika Joe are appalling.

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