Residents told, no budget for homes

2008-08-17 00:00

While frustrated Eastwood residents grabbed land owned by the Msunduzi Municipality on Tuesday, nearby Thembalihle, Tamboville and Q-section residents are fed up with living in mud houses and are demanding low-cost housing from the municipality.

Chairman of the Eastwood Community Forum, Fred Wagner, said the municipality allocated R58,6 million in the current financial year to build houses in these communities, but there is nothing to indicate that the houses will be built.

He said residents of these areas plan to raise the matter with national government.

But ward councillor Mzwakhe Dladla said there is no budget to build houses. He said he tasked municipal officials to establish how much it would cost to build low-cost houses in these sections and they came up with the amount of R58,6 million.

“I held community meetings and explained to the residents that an application for houses has to be sent to council first and a social survey to be conducted and thereafter an application to the department of housing will have to be drafted,” said Dladla.

Msunduzi spokeswoman Evodia Mahlangu said Thembalihle, Tamboville and Q-section are projects in the close-out phase and 90% of the transfers have taken place.

She said an amount of R2 500 was made available, materials were issued to beneficiaries, a housing support centre was established and the communities were trained in building their own houses.

“A new project is being planned for the area. However, a full audit of the beneficiaries and the type of top structure that is on each and every site will need to be undertaken.

“Thereafter an application for funding will be prepared and submitted to the department of housing,” added Mahlangu.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.