100 transit camp families in Durban get new homes for Christmas

2015-12-21 19:41
Durban informal settlement.

Durban informal settlement.

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Durban – More than 100 families who had been living in the Polokwane transit camp in Durban were moved to their new government homes in Cornubia at the weekend, the eThekwini municipality said on Monday.

Disabled Wandile Khumalo, 20, said he was swapping living in a container for a "luxury home".

"From sleeping in a train station and living in a container in KwaMashu, to this luxury home. It is indeed a blessing. I'm now able to access the toilet and bathroom with ease.

"I also have running water and electricity. Our government is a government that cares for its people. I am grateful," he was quoted as saying in a statement.

eThekwini spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said in a statement that the allocation of houses to beneficiaries started on December 17. The families were moved to the transit camp in Newlands, as they had been living in the way of development projects. 

eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said the City had kept its promise to move the families before Christmas. He said Cornubia was already home to about 485 families. It was the province's largest mixed-use and mixed-income development.

Once completed, the project was expected to have 25 000 mixed-income housing units, light industrial factories, clinics, primary schools, a high school, businesses and parks. 

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