Msunduzi set to build emergency housing in Woodlands

2015-04-08 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality will spend millions of rand to build emergency housing for the destitute people living next to a railway line in Woodlands.

As many as 250 houses will be built in Yellowood Place in Woodlands.

Many of those who will benefit are living next to the Transnet railway line above the Woodlands bridge directly opposite Northway Mall.

Council will spend about R14,7 million building the emergency housing.

It was not immediately clear when the construction would begin as council is waiting for the money from the KZN Department of Human Settlements.

Acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said, “The temporary structures to be constructed are prefabricated structures … The walls are constructed from fibre cement.”

A community member, who declined to be named, said they were looking forward to moving from the area. “My mother arrived here in 1986 and I was born here. Some of the people who live here were born here and others moved here for work.”

She said there had not been any indication when they would be moved.

“It would be nice to live in a homely and safe environment.

“We have no water or electricity. Life is hard here,” she said.

Local councillor Mary Schalkwyk said, “There are young and old people living there. The way they are living is not right. Once they have been moved, they will get all the basic amenities provided.”

A council agenda detailing the planned relocation said the railway track cuts across many townships. These include Gomora, Dambuza, Sinathing, Te Huis, Peace Valley and Woodlands.

It said that these areas bordering the railway line are owned by Transnet.

“Over the years people have settled on these reserves in search of affordable land closer to the city and social amenities,” it concluded.

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