Municipal officials visit Jika Joe

2010-04-29 00:00

RESIDENTS of Jika Joe settlement may have their deplorable living conditions changed for the better if the Msunduzi Municipality has its way.

This follows a walkabout in the area by senior municipal officials yesterday morning.

They visited the Jika Joe settlement to assess the extent of the illegal electricity connections, the poor living conditions and the masses of filth and rubbish that have piled up in the area.

Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler said that before he can make an informed decision about releasing the necessary funds, he needs to be presented with a plan for providing emergency housing, electricity and water services as well as an approach to dealing with the filthy living conditions at the settlement.

The municipality’s housing department will also conduct a census in the community so that it knows how many shacks there are in the settlement and how many people live in them.

Mettler said the municipality once had a programme that dealt with emergency housing, but it deteriorated over the years due to poor planning.

Msunduzi’s process engineer for electricity, Maxwell Mthembu, said the municipality needs to clear all shacks situated within 50 metres of the electricity cables, because a lightning strikecould kill the opccupants of the shacks.

Mettler came across a toddler at the settlement who had half of his hand maimed after playing with exposed, illegally connected cables.

Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr said illegal connections in the settlement are a major problem. He pointed out illegal connections running from shack to shack.

Tarr said refuse skips and black refuse bags will be made available to the community so they can start cleaning up their area because the chances of people contracting cholera are high.

“We will come up with a proper plan by next Monday so that next Thursday it can be presented to the executive committee,” said Tarr.

Musa Zondi, one of the residents who observed the municipal representatives closely during the walkabout, said that although he appreciates what they are doing, he remains sceptical because the shack dwellers have been living in Jika Joe for the past 14 years.

“They always promise us houses, especially during election time, so maybe they’re bluffing us again.

“We do want new houses, but the problem is that we don’t want to live too far from town,” he said.

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