New airport housing on course

2017-02-23 06:00
Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements during the visit in Kanana, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements during the visit in Kanana, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Bonginkosi Madikizela, the MEC for Human Settlements, has urged residents who will benefit from the planned Airport Precinct project to cooperate with authorities to ensure that the process runs smoothly.

Madikizela was addressing them from the Kanana informal settlement after his visit to the Airport Precinct of the Southern Corridor Housing Project along the N2.

His was meant to inspect the geo-tech investigation for the assessment of ground quality.

Speaking to residents, he said fighting over jobs and other issues delayed projects meant to help communities.

“The cooperation would be very important. Community conflicts are a stumbling block in our developments. This is a development that is going to benefit everyone. Let us not delay the project. We want to make sure that we speed-up the process,” Madikizela said.

He said the shortage of land is a challenge hence some beneficiaries would have to be relocated from the areas they stayed in for years to other areas.

“It is not my wish to see people being relocated, but it has to happen, because we will not be able to build houses for all of you in the areas where you stay,” he added.

The Southern Corridor housing project will benefit residents in informal settlements like Kanana, Barcelona, Vukuzenzela, Tsunami, Gxagxa, Lotus and Thabo Mbeki.

Madikizela also said they are busy profiling residents to see who qualifies for the houses.

It is not yet clear how many families would benefit from the project.

He also said the project, which started 13 years ago will see those who are top on the waiting list being prioritised.

Nomthunzi Yekani, 48, said she was happy that at last there is light at the end of the tunnel.

“I am very glad for his visit...we hope that our dreams will soon be realised.

I will not mind even if I was relocated to another area. We are living in a dirty area which gets flooded when it rains,” Yekani said.

Ward 40 Councillor Bongani Ngcombolo said he was “happy” about the process which is underway.

Ward 39 Councillor Khaya Yozi said he was optimistic that the process will go according to plan and that there will be no glitches, hopefully.

“We planned the project from the beginning.

We ensured that we involve residents in everything to ensure that they have an understanding of what is happening.

We also ensured that the primary role players are councillors and area committees which is one of the things that really assisted us. The employment process was also transparent,” Yozi said.

Yozi also said the beneficiaries are set to be moved in their houses by March 2018.

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