After more than a decade of uncertainty, Nyanga East backyarders stand to benefit from the development of the land adjacent to Govan Mbeki Road, otherwise known as erf 2849.Formerly called Landsdowne Road, about 443 houses are expected to be built on the plot, providing shelter to generations of Mau-mau, Zwelitsha and Old Location backyarders. However, the project has been embroiled in controversy over who should benefit first. Halted on numerous occasions, it is all systems go now, as problems appear to have been finally resolved.Ward 37 councillor Luyanda Nyingwa said disagreements had delayed the project over many years, and attempts to revive the project two years ago hit a brick wall as disagreements among community members dragged on. “The negotiations for the housing development started way back in early 2000, during which time councillor Templeton Mgxekeni was at the helm.” During his tenure Mgxekeni managed to relocate other residents to areas like Samora Machel, Delft, Lower Crossroads and Philippi even though they were very few people,” said Nyingwa.Mgxekeni passed away in June 2017, after a battle with illness. Nyingwa said the project is expected to be completed in 18 months. “According to our agreement with the constructors, at least 100 houses are to be handed over to the beneficiaries by December,” he declared. He praised the area’s project steering committee for ensuring that the development happened. Nyingwa stated that they started the project together with the steering committee before the establishment of the Nyanga Development Forum (NDF). He said he hoped the NDF would speed up development in the area.V Continued on page 3.