‘Expect shacks, if no houses built’

2015-11-16 11:48
Informal settlements being built.

Informal settlements being built. (Khaya Magenu )

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Pietermaritzburg - Community members at Lions River have warned of a possible mushrooming of shacks in the area if Umngeni Municipality does not supply them with houses.

The residents gathered yesterday on land they said the municipality promised 10 years ago would be turned into a sports ground.

Youth activist Neo Moshoeshoe said the area had fallen behind in service delivery after a change in demarcation from Ward 4 to Ward 9 before the 2011 local government elections.

“It was purely for political reasons. As a result, there is a serious backlog in service delivery.

“People are going to start building shacks because they are tired of waiting for RDP houses,” he said.

“We do not have a hall, church or taxi rank. The graveyard site is not fenced and witchcraft activities happen there. Graves are being dug up by witch doctors.”

Umngeni spokesperson Thando Mgaga said the municipality had approved about 547 new housing units earmarked for beneficiaries from Lions River.

“Subsequently the municipality is awaiting approval from the department mandated to provide houses, the Department of Human Settlements,” he said.

Mgaga said a tender was in the process of being finalised for the construction of new tarmac roads in Umngeni, which included Lions River.

“In terms of the Lions River cemetery, a fence was erected, but unfortunately it was stolen. Plans are in progress and at an advance stage to replace the stolen fence. The plans also include placing a guard at the cemetery.

“We note the other service delivery concerns raised by the community that are outside the line function of the municipality, that is, the requests for a school, the utilisation of the existing sports field and water and sanitation concerns.

“Through the office of the municipal manager, the community concerns have been relayed to the Department of Education and uMgungundlovu District Municipality respectively for their urgent attention.”

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