Three sites for Jika Joe relocation

2010-05-25 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality plans to move the estimated 800 families living in shacks at the Jika Joe informal settlement to more suitable temporary housing structures to be erected near the settlement.

This emerged during two meetings between Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr and the residents on Sunday and yesterday.

Local councillor Peter Green said the government is trying to find permanent solutions to the housing problems that have plagued the settlement over the years. Recently, about 25 people were left destitute when a fire gutted 10 shacks, and some members of the community have been involved in battles with the police and the Msunduzi electricity department, allegedly for making illegal electricity connections.

Green said three areas have been identified as sites for temporary shelters and later permanent homes, including the plot occupied by Ally’s Driving School and the Tatham Memorial sports ground.

He said the community will be moved in three phases.

“A study on the community showed that there were at least 800 families, but that might have changed and a new study will be conducted to assess the numbers.

“We are concerned about the families who are living under the electricity wires, and we shall focus on moving them.”

Green said the relocation will also allow for the provision of basic services. “The area will have water and electricity because the electricity has been a huge problem for the people in the area. The long-term objective is to build permanent houses for the community and we are just waiting for money from provincial government.”

Green said that once the people have been moved, the area will be fenced and turned into a community garden to ensure that no new shacks are built on the land.

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