Sexwale delighted at housing progress

2012-11-09 00:00

HUMAN Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale yesterday expressed his delight with progress at the biggest housing project in the country just outside Umhlanga.

“The project is on course. The total of houses to be built is 50 000. It is the biggest project in the country and the impression is that the partnership is working between the national government, the province and the municipality,” Sexwale said.

Sexwale was visiting the R20 billion Cornubia housing project, which is set to boast 50 000 units, to monitor progress before the project was concluded.

“My task is to follow the money. When I spend government money, I must see to it that the money hits the ground. What I’m seeing here is that there is a project where the money is put.”

The project — for low-income and middle-income housing — is a partnership between the national Human Settlements Department, the provincial department, eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett.

It will also provide schools, clinics, businesses and other social facilities, as well jobs, investment in buildings and infrastructure.

Through the project, it is envisaged that the eThekwini Municipality will generate R300 million in rates yearly from the initiative.

Two bus rapid transport routes are planned to link Umhlanga and Phoenix and Dube Trade Port and the King Shaka International Airport.

“Our people have been dehumanised for a long time under other systems; they are now humanised.

“The project is not just located far away, it is located where people themselves can say ‘we have excellent and splendid views’,” Sexwale said.

According to Sexwale, the allocation of houses to beneficiaries would be determined by the provincial department and the municipality.

Sanjay Sathnarayan, project manager, said there were no major challenges in the project.

“It’s just the normal tendering process and delays. Otherwise we are going fairly well,” Sathnarayan said, adding that about 400 houses have been built to date and the current construction phase would be completed next March.

Ward councillor Musa Dladla said the project would go a long way to change the lives of people.

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