Municipal Matters

Long awaited move from shacks to formal housing coming soon

The Umzinto Slums Clearance Housing Project Implementing Agent, SLB Consulting,  has reported that the Phase One, 500 housing units have been completed and the supply of bulk services  had been  implemented by Ugu.

Verification of beneficiaries are in progress and a relocation plan is being devised by the Housing Section. Current and previous councillors  have expressed their happiness that at long last Umdoni’s flag ship housing project  has reached completion.

The handing over of  the housing units  to five hundred families  is imminent. Councillors will now have to expedite the establishment of community facilities and schools in keeping with the ethos of a sustainable human settlement.

 

Uninvited councillor raises concern  

Councillor J Ndlela of the IFP expressed his disappointment that as a Member of the Portfolio Committee on Infrastructure and Housing (I and H) he was not invited to the recent water handover ceremony by Ugu District Municipality to the Farm Isonti Housing Project.

At the I and H Portfolio Committee meeting on May 9, the Chairperson Councillor BC Mngadi apologised to Councillor Ndlela stating that his complaint was justified.

The handover was an Ugu initiative and many people were unfortunately not invited.

The Chairperson reiterated that all councillors should have been invited. Councillor Ndlela was upset that as one of those who was concerned with numerous delays and who consistently supported the Umzinto Slums Clearance Housing Project, he had been sidelined from the celebration of an important milestone.

 

Renishaw China Town housing

Councillor Shara Singh requested clarity on a pre-feasibility study on the Renishaw China Town Housing project. The Department of Human Settlements reported that it is committed to having a team of professionals conduct a feasibility study and cost analysis of the proposed project. The report will assist the HOD of the Department of Human Settlements in his motivation for the application for project funding.

 

Vacant flats in Riverside Park

At the I and H Portfolio Committee Meeting, Councillor Roy Bhoola queried the status and progress in filling the vacant flats in Riverside Park. Housing Manager Sbu Zamisa reported that recommendations arising from the Housing Allocation Committee meeting had been handed to the Office of the Municipal Manager for his approval. Once approval has been received, the allocation of flats will be implemented.

 

Councillors’ no show cancels meeting

On Wednesday, May 3,  a scheduled Planning and Development Portfolio Committee meeting was cancelled owing to a lack of a quorum. It is believed that it was the absence of ANC Councillors that resulted in an inquorate situation. No reasons were given and the Rising Sun’s queries with the Communications Officer did not elicit a response.

  AUTHOR
MSCRS Reporter

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