Nyanga housing deal

2018-05-10 06:01
MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela and Councillor Brett Herron, including Councillor Sharon Manata during the sod turning event at the Nyanga East side of the proposed housing developmentPHOTO: Smodza njaoi

MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela and Councillor Brett Herron, including Councillor Sharon Manata during the sod turning event at the Nyanga East side of the proposed housing developmentPHOTO: Smodza njaoi

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Months after violent protests by Gugulethu backyarders for houses, the construction of houses for disabled people and backyarders from both Nyanga and Gugulethu will commence soon, according Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela.

He announced this on Tuesday during a sod turning event in Nyanga East.

The site is the stretch of land on Landsdowne Road, from the Fezeka Municipal offices in Gugulethu, towards Nyanga East.

Earlier on in the day, Madikizela had met with community representatives at the construction site gate in an attempt to quell the protesting community.

The disgruntled members of the community complained about not being given an opportunity to be part of the project as far as jobs were concerned.

But Madikizela acknowledged that there were problems and promised to come back together with Human Settlements Mayco Member Brett Herron to discuss issues.

He suggested a meeting with the residents in two weeks to iron out differences. However, he spelt it out that the project was earmarked for Backyarders of Nyanga and Gugulethu.

“This project was earmarked for Nyanga and Gugulethu backyarders. We made that decision and promise. We are delivering on that now.

We heard about concerns, but we will come back and speak to residents. But we do not want this project to be delayed by squabbles,” he said.

Brett Herron said he was equally excited with the project. He acknowledged the residents concerns and also promised to come back and address these.

Herron said he knew that the road ahead was not going to be easy and straightforward. However, he urged the community to work with the government for the betterment of the people of Nyanga.

“I am very excited about this project and the fact that we have unlocked it. Four hundred families will benefit here. We will build them close to the main road, the public transport and close to their places of work.

Where people live matters. It is not going to be a smooth road, but we will sort out all the concerns,” he added.

Community leader Vuyani Wana said they were not happy with the progress of the development because they were not involved.

He said the dilemma was that the project steering committee was doing as it pleased on the project.

He added that the people of the Mau Mau, Zwelitsha and Old Location, for which the project was intended, were not consulted.

Beneficiary Noxolo Biyongo said she was happy but concerned that they knew nothing about the project. He said they had numerous meetings with the committee but nothing has come to light.

The project will start soon and is anticipated to be completed by June 2019.

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