eThekwini responds to ‘risky’ Waterloo units

2017-11-02 06:00

ETHEKWINI Municipality is preparing a funding application for the rectification of the state-subsidised units in Waterloo that are cracking. This emerged this week after the Weekly published an article about the state of the RDP homes in Waterloo on October 19.

Head of communications Tozi Mthethwa said: “An inspection has been conducted by an engineer and building advisor on six units identified by the [ward] councillor. Two of these units are privately owned and therefore the city is not mandated to intervene.”

Mthethwa said a funding application will be submitted to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements.

Ward councillor Johnson Chetty commended the municipality for taking the matter to the Department of Human
Settlements.

“This move by the municipality is appreciated because there’s something positive in this matter. My concern, however, is whether this initiative is going to be followed up by the Human Settlements Department or it’s going to be forgotten. I am hoping that this initiative will get to the ground so residents can live in harmony without worrying about collapsing houses.”

MPs from the provincial and national government conducted an oversight visit to the area on October 16 to examine the extent of the crumbling houses. Some residents said they have been living in RDP homes for 12 years.

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