Tem­po­ra­ry hou­sing fra­cas re­sol­ved

George Herald - - NEWS - Zo­la­ni Sinxo

The George Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty says the dif­fe­ren­ces be­t­ween Za­ma Za­ma re­si­dents in T­hem­ba­let­hu and the con­structi­on com­pa­ny Au­re­con ha­ve been re­sol­ved. On F­ri­day 21 Ju­ly a­bout 50 pe­op­le took part in a pro­test in the cour­se of which ty­res and a mo­bi­le toi­let we­re burnt and a con­structi­on si­te was van­da­li­sed. The re­si­dents al­le­ged t­hat the tem­po­ra­ry hou­ses Au­re­con has e­rected for them w­hi­le per­ma­nent hou­ses are being built, are too s­mall. The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty met with both par­ties on Sa­tur­day 22 Ju­ly.

Ac­cor­ding to No­lu­fe­fe S­wi­ti, who is a mem­ber of the Za­ma Za­ma Be­ne­fi­ci­a­ry Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee, the tem­po­ra­ry hou­ses the com­pa­ny pro­vi­ded are not big e­nough to ac­com­mo­da­te so­me of the fa­mi­lies.

"We we­re an­gry be­cau­se Au­re­con and the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty both ha­ve been ig­no­ring us w­hen we wan­ted to ad­dress our con­cerns and t­hat is why we ha­ve de­ci­ded to pro­test," he said.

Au­re­con has been con­trac­ted to build a­bout 180 hou­ses for Za­ma Za­ma in­for­mal sett­le­ment dwel­lers and re­si­dents had to be mo­ved to tem­po­ra­ry hou­ses w­hi­le the per­ma­nent hou­ses are built. Ri­nus van Raaij, Au­re­con techni­cal director, said he has no man­da­te to dis­c­lo­se any in­for­ma­ti­on and re­fer­red all que­s­ti­ons to the de­part­ment of Hu­man Sett­le­ments.

The Director of Hu­man Sett­le­ments, Land Af­fairs and Plan­ning at the George Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, S­te­ven Eras­mus, said a num­ber of con­cerns we­re rai­sed by the Be­ne­fi­ci­a­ry Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee, in­clu­ding the si­ze of the tem­po­ra­ry re­lo­ca­ti­on ac­com­mo­da­ti­on struc­tu­res.

The is­su­es ha­ve been re­sol­ved at a meet­ing with all the ro­le play­ers.

"The con­trac­tor re­spon­si­ble for the Ci­vil Engineering Ser­vi­ces is back on si­te," said Eras­mus.

We we­re an­gry be­cau­se Au­re­con and the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty both ha­ve been ig­no­ring us w­hen we wan­ted to ad­dress our con­cerns and t­hat is why we ha­ve de­ci­ded to pro­test.

P­ho­tos: Zo­la­ni Sinxo

So­me of the re­si­dents t­hat took part in the pro­test.

The Au­re­con con­structi­on si­te was van­da­li­sed in the pro­test.

A mo­bi­le toi­let bo­re the brunt of the re­si­dents’ dis­sa­tis­facti­on.

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