No hous­ing lists for now - says city

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Wise­man Mthiyane

DON’T be conned into be­liev­ing you can short-cut your way up the hous­ing queue by pay­ing to be on a pri­or­ity ‘list’.

‘While the City of uMh­lathuze is hard at work ad­dress­ing hous­ing back­logs, it is dis­turb­ing to note that there are peo­ple who go around, spread­ing lies of an ex­ist­ing hous­ing regis­tra­tion list.

‘There is no such thing un­der this mu­nic­i­pal­ity.’

That was the as­sur­ance given by the City’s Hu­man Set­tle­ments Man­ager, Wise­man Mthimkhulu.

He was speak­ing dur­ing the city’s In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment Plan (IDP) Re­view meet­ing for 2019-2020, held at Ng­welezana New­field last week.

He urged res­i­dents not to pay at­ten­tion to any­one who is not an of­fi­cial of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

‘We take it as a rip-off and a fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity by any­one who spreads the mes­sage of hous­ing regis­tra­tion lists cir­cu­lat­ing within the city.

‘Once ev­ery­thing is in place for regis­tra­tion, we will in­form you, of­fi­cially.

‘The is­sue at hand here is that we are busy re­spond­ing to your hous­ing needs, by em­bark­ing on hu­man set­tle­ment projects and re­struc­tur­ing zones,’ said Mthimkhulu.

‘We re­main fo­cused on chang­ing peo­ple’s lives for the bet­ter. We have iden­ti­fied Em­pan­geni and Richards Bay as our re­struc­tur­ing zones, with Du­misani Makhaye Vil­lage Phase 6 Hous­ing Project, Aquadene Hous­ing Project and Em­pan­geni Mega Hous­ing Projects tak­ing cen­tre stage.

‘Of these, Em­pan­geni Mega Hous­ing is our big­gest project so far, with an es­ti­mated 10 000 units. These in­clude hous­ing sites, hous­ing bonds, RDP houses and rental hous­ing flats to cater for low in­come earn­ers.

‘We are not only pro­vid­ing RDP houses, but we are re­spon­si­ble for hu­man set­tle­ments as a whole. We have also made in­ter­ven­tions in ar­eas which did not have proper in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly our ru­ral ar­eas.

‘We will be pro­vid­ing Madlebe Ru­ral Hous­ing Phase 2, Dube Ru­ral Hous­ing 2, Bhe­jane Ru­ral Hous­ing 2, Mkhwanazi Ru­ral Hous­ing 2, Bhuchanana Ru­ral Project and Nse­leni In­for­mal Set­tle­ments to name just a few.

‘We re­main com­mit­ted to our strate­gic ap­proach of pur­su­ing all avail­able op­tions for the re­lease of sus­tain­able, well lo­cated state owned land for sus­tain­able hu­man set­tle­ments,’ he said.

Slug­gish econ­omy

The pub­lic en­gage­ment meet­ing, at­tended by com­mu­nity mem­bers from Em­pan­geni, Ng­welezana, Du­misani Makhaye Vil­lage, Macekane, Me­vamhlophe and Ntam­banana was driven by City Speaker Cllr Silondile Mkhize who was joined by other coun­cil­lors and city of­fi­cials.

In her pre­sen­ta­tion, IDP Man­ager Zodwa Md­luli said the slug­gish eco­nomic growth and high rate of unem­ploy­ment were a cause for con­cern for the city.

‘Even though the unem­ploy­ment lev­els have slightly de­creased from the past five years, the in­ten­sity of poverty has risen.

‘There is also an in­crease in HIV preva­lence, and these are some of the wor­ry­ing fac­tors con­fronting us as the city,’ she said.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tend­ing an IDP Re­view meet­ing held at Ng­welezana New­field

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