Work to resume at housing project following protest

2016-02-03 06:00

A MEETING between Thembeni, Ward 11 councillor Innocent Nxumalo, officials from Kwa-Dukuza (KDM) Municipality and community members was held on Monday following a recent protest related to the Groutville Priority 2 Housing Project.

During the protest on Thursday, 21 January, Thembeni community members blocked the N2, and the road leading into the area from the R102, demanding to move into the RDP houses even though they have no toilets.

Other demands that the community allegedly had were that they wanted to be employed at the project and that some people had allegedly occupied houses illegally and wanted them evicted.
KDM communications director Sifiso Zulu said the illegal occupants have been evicted and council would allocate the homes in terms of its policy. Speaking to the Weekly on Tuesday, 2 February, Nxumalo said during the meeting on Monday­, a resolution was reached that the main contractor, Zikhulise Cleaning and Maintenance Services, would go back on site.

However, since the contractor’s site was damaged during the protest, work would resume once the contractor has claimed for damages and established a new site.

Nxumalo said by Monday, 8 February, the mayor, contractor and municipal officials would meet with the community where it would be announced when work on the project would resume.

With regards to the community occupying houses without toilets, Nxumalo said the beneficiaries would have to consent to moving into houses without toilets in writing.

Nxumalo said the delay with completing the toilets was caused when the iLembe District Municipality had intervened informing the local municipality that the toilets to be constructed should be changed from VIP to a waterborne system.

This, he said, affected the project because a new housing design had to be approved even though 96 houses had been constructed using the initial specifications. Nxumalo said the contractor would have to renovate these 96 houses to meet the new specifications before handing them over to the beneficiaries.

He said a dispute with the Nxumalo family over property had been resolved meaning some of the work would be completed on the said property.

Zulu said they will be meeting the community next week together with the contractor to make special announcements regarding the projects start date.

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