Tem­po­rary ser­vices plan

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Siyam­tanda Capa ca­pas@ti­soblack­star.co.za

Walk­ing long dis­tances to get wa­ter and us­ing bucket toi­lets could soon be a thing of the past for hun­dreds of res­i­dents who in­vaded land il­le­gally in Mother­well and Wells Es­tate.

The Nel­son Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity is ready to in­stall com­mu­nal taps in Ele­phant Park in Wells Es­tate, No­makan­jani in Kamvelihle, Colch­ester and Man­dela Vil­lage, the city’s in­fras­truc­ture and en­gi­neer­ing port­fo­lio head Andile Lungisa an­nounced on Fri­day.

He spoke dur­ing an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion with res­i­dents.

Lungisa said the plan was to put in place tem­po­rary mea­sures such as pas­sages be­tween shacks while peo­ple waited for re­lo­ca­tion. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity would also en­sure that refuse was col­lected as soon as streets had been iden­ti­fied.

Lungisa, flanked by Mother­well ward coun­cil­lors and ward com­mit­tee mem­bers and the EFF’s Zilindile Vena, said the plan was to en­sure that res­i­dents who had il­le­gally in­vaded land and were later evicted by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had set­tled in on their plots.

Lungisa said he was con­cerned that res­i­dents who had built their shacks un­der elec­tric­ity poles would not be able to get a le­gal elec­tric­ity con­nec­tion.

“We want to find a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach so peo­ple can set­tle in prop­erly. The re­al­ity is that there is no money to build houses and that is why we are bring­ing these tem­po­rary mea­sures while peo­ple wait,” Lungisa said.

Wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion di­rec­tor Barry Martin said it would in­stall the com­mu­nal taps as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Bud­get is avail­able. We will in­stall com­mu­nal taps at all the iden­ti­fied ar­eas,” Martin said.

On the mat­ter of in­stalling toi­lets, Martin said it would be guided by the hu­man set­tle- ments de­part­ment. Roads and trans­port of­fi­cials along with waste man­age­ment also said they would await guid­ance from hu­man set­tle­ments.

Hu­man set­tle­ments port­fo­lio head Andile Mfunda was not at the meet­ing.

A meet­ing be­tween the var­i­ous de­part­ments set for Tues­day will de­ter­mine the way for­ward on san­i­ta­tion, refuse col­lec­tion and paving roads.

Res­i­dents ques­tioned when the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would ac­tu­ally im­ple­ment the plans.

Qu­laka Mlung­wana of Kamvelihle said he was wor­ried that some shacks would have to be moved.

FIRST STEP: Peo­ple at an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion have been told tem­po­rary ser­vices will be in­stalled in some il­le­gally in­vaded ar­eas

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