More residents ready to move

2020-03-19 06:02
From left Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi, provincial human settlements minister Tertius Simmers, national deputy ministers of water and sanitation Pam Tshwete, environmental affairs, forestry and fisheries Maggie Sotyu and rural development and land reform Mcebisi Skwatsha.

From left Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi, provincial human settlements minister Tertius Simmers, national deputy ministers of water and sanitation Pam Tshwete, environmental affairs, forestry and fisheries Maggie Sotyu and rural development and land reform Mcebisi Skwatsha.

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Residents of Kanana informal settlement, in Gugulethu, say they called the national government to be part of a meeting between them and the provincial government to ensure promises made to them by the provincial government are kept.

On Thursday 12 March provincial human settlements minister Tertius Simmers, national deputy ministers for water and sanitation Pam Tshwete, environmental affairs, forestry and fisheries Maggie Sotyu and rural development and land reform Mcebisi Skwatsha together with Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi met the community. The meeting tackled housing delivery.

Since April last year about 75 Kanana residents have been moved to a new housing project in Forest Village, with more waiting to be moved.

Athembele Mengesi, one of the community leaders, said they called national government to be part of the meeting and to be witnesses.

She said they have had numerous meetings with the provincial government regarding the housing initiative, but nothing seemed to happen.

“We have had such meetings with the province before, but we decided to call national so they can be witnesses once the promises made are not fulfilled,” she said.

Another leader Lukhanyo Dayimani said they also need clarity on certain issues, as they are not entirely happy with the project.

“The project has been slow, most of us should have been moved by now, and there have been changes,” he said, adding that they want clarity on some figures.

Dayimani said the number they agreed on with the provincial government has decreased and they will wait and see if there will be more changes.

Simmers said they remain committed to assisting all the residents in moving to Forest Village. He promised to return with Tshwete on Friday 27 March to announce how the rest of the beneficiaries will be moved.

“It is vital to point out, the 800 from the airport precinct that are to benefit from Forest Village, comprises of residents from Kanana, Barcelona, Vukuzenzele, Lusaka, Gxagxa and New Rest,” he said

Simmers called on residents not to allow new informal structures to be built as they move the beneficiaries as it will obstruct the process.

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