No housing lists for now - says city
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.
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