Member of the Executive Committee and Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Nigel Gumede has congratulated the 154 families that have been allocated houses at the state of the art Cornubia Human Settlements Project, near Mount Edgecombe.

Gumede visited the project on Friday (29/11/13) to welcome the families who are beneficiaries of the project. Municipal trucks brought the excited families from different informal settlements around eThekwini and were handed keys to their new homes.
The R25 billion housing and industrial project is set to house people from different parts of eThekwini while adopting the human settlements approach of integrating people from all walks of life and building an environment with easy accessibility of amenities. The mixed use project also includes an industrial area and retail, schools, clinics and other public amenities.
The first batch of the allocation process for Phase 1A, which has yielded 482 units and cost R102 million, started on Thursday and is expected to be completed on Saturday (30/11/13).

Gumede said the allocation of beneficiaries marks an important milestone in the history of housing delivery in South Africa. He said the project will achieve social integration as it will consist of low cost, middle income and upmarket housing.
He said the Municipality will educate residents about maintaining the area in a good condition. “As the Municipality, we want to retain and maintain the type of quality, neatness and cleanliness at Cornubia. The project is on its way to completion with grass and play lots in the pipeline. The project will be monitored closely to ensure that the allocation process is taking place properly and there is no selling or renting of houses,” he said.

He said various informal settlements including Blackburn, Stonebridge, Ridgeview and 13th Street in Clermont as well as transit camps, will be relocated to the first phase of the housing project. He said Ridgeview informal settlement will be completely demolished and closed off as all residents will be moved to Cornubia. The area will then be rehabilitated.
A beneficiary, Simangele Mhlongo who lived in Phola Park in Phoenix, could not describe her joy as a housing unit was allocated to her.
“The challenges that I faced at the informal settlement have been left behind and life has completely transformed. I will not have to deal with flooding if it rains or the burning down of houses. Here, I have all the basic services like electricity and water in my new home with proper ablution facilities,” she said. With the industrial area that is under construction near the housing project, Mhlongo hopes for better employment opportunities.
Construction of the next phase 1B, which is expected to yield 2186 housing units at a cost of about R560 million, is expected to start soon.

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality's Communications Unit. Contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or email: thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Slindile Maluleka on 031 311 4811/073 332 693 or email: silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za