Thokoza hos­tel ren­o­va­tions get the green light

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THE long-awaited ren­o­va­tions and im­prove­ments at the Thokoza Hos­tel in Ekurhu­leni will start by the end of this week.

This is ac­cord­ing to Gaut­eng mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (MEC) for co-op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs and hu­man set­tle­ments, Paul Mashatile.

The Thokoza Hos­tel has been con­sid­ered one of the most dan­ger­ous places in the prov­ince since the reg­u­lar clashes be­tween the ANC and IFP dur­ing the 1980s and 1990s.

Lit­tle has changed in the state of the hos­tels which, in fact, have be­come worse, de­spite nu­mer­ous prom­ises by the prov­ince to ren­o­vate them and turn them into fam­ily units.

Af­ter hold­ing a meet­ing with the hos­tel’s izin­duna and its steer­ing com­mit­tee, Mashatile said im­prove­ments would start im­me­di­ately.

The meet­ing fol­lows meet­ings that were held by Ekurhu­leni’s mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee of hu­man set­tle­ments, Le­siba Mpya, and Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments of­fi­cials with the hos­tel res­i­dents.

In the well-at­tended meet­ing, Mashatile, chair­per­son of portfolio com­mit­tee of hu­man set­tle­ments Pu­tus Tseki, and the hos­tel lead­er­ship dis­cussed ren­o­va­tions, im­prove­ments and fu­ture plans for the fam­ily units.

Mashatile said ren­o­va­tions would start with­out de­lay.

The MEC said the fu­ture plans for the fam­ily units would be dis­cussed with the steer­ing com­mit­tee of the hos­tel to en­sure res­i­dents had an in­put.

Mashatile added that the de­part­ment would also send of­fi­cials to reg­is­ter res­i­dents who stay in the hos­tel in the hous­ing data­base.

He said res­i­dents who had ap­plied in 1996 would be pri­ori­tised in projects in Ekurhu­leni.

UP­GRADES: A boy is seen mak­ing his way home from a nearby store at Thokoza Hos­tel, which the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is plan­ning to re­fur­bish.

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