Mthatha shack dwellers to benefit from new RDP housing project

BY ZANDISIWE POLTIN - AUGUST 17, 2015

The King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) municipality on Saturday unveiled a multi-million rand housing project in a bid to eliminate shacks and build decent homes for residents in Mthatha.

The building of more than 1 300 houses at a site next to Maydene Farm is expected to commence before the end of the month and is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

“It is the first development of its kind in Mthatha. The municipality has put aside more than R203-million for the project,” KSD municipal spokesman Sonwabo Mampoza told the Daily Dispatch.

The houses will be built in a land that was previously occupied by KwaRay informal settlement residents, before Mthatha High Court ordered KSD municipality to demolish those shacks and mud houses as the residents are said to have occupied the land illegally.

However, speaking at the official handing over of the site, KSD executive Mayor Nonkoliso Ngqongwa said the beneficiaries for the new housing project are residents from Sharply informal settlements and Scrap Yard.

“We hope they (contractors) will be finished on time,” she added.

Beneficiaries were happy at the municipality’s efforts.

“I can’t wait to move into my house,” said one beneficiary, applauding the municipality for its efforts.

 

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