Mayor James Nxumalo today, Thursday, 04/07/13, conducted an oversight visit to KwaMashu Hostel in Ward 39 to assess the progress of service delivery in the area.
Nxumalo was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala, Human Settlements and Infrastructure Chairperson Nigel Gumede and Municipal officials from various Units including Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Roads, Electricity, Transport, Engineering and Community Participation.
 
The area has a proliferation of informal settlements surrounding the upgraded hostel infrastructure. Local residents have complained about high levels of crime, filth, overcrowding, unsafe roads and unhealthy living conditions. Mayor Nxumalo said the aim of the visit was to identify service delivery gaps and to ensure an immediate intervention by different Municipal Departments. He said the hostel was an over populated place with unpleasant living conditions. “In this place we are prioritising services like ablution facilities and construction of these facilities has begun. These facilities are connected to proper sewage systems,” he said.
 
The Municipality will also be installing CCTV cameras in various spots within the hostel as well as high-mast lighting to increase safety and security of residents in the area.
Mayor Nxumalo added that the area has a high rate of crime which included murder, rape and assault.
“The poles for the high-mast lighting have been installed and the CCTV cameras will assist in monitoring movement in the area. The high-mast lighting will improve visibility in the area and would also minimise crime. The CCTV cameras will assist the police in dealing with crime in the area. We have also identified potholes and work will be done to patch them,” he said.
 
As part of Clean My City Programme, Durban Solid Waste will intensify efforts to clean the area while conducting educational campaigns to teach residents about the need to maintain their environment. Nxumalo said in line with the City’s slums clearance and eradication of informal settlements programme, the Municipality is piloting the alternative building technology to fast track housing delivery.
 
During this year’s tabling and adoption of the 2013/2014 budget, Nxumalo made it clear that proper housing and interim relief in a form of basic services was one of the leading priorities for the Municipality. The Municipality has set aside a budget of R1.9 billion over three years for housing delivery and infrastructure. A target of delivering an average of 10 000 houses per year has been set and while this was the minimum target, the Municipality has plans to progressively increase this number to reach 20 000 per annum to respond to the dynamics of urbanisation. The redress of sanitation backlog in rural and informal settlements has also been prioritised. The provision of electricity to informal settlements and transit camps is also being rolled out throughout eThekwini.
 
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality's Communications Unit. For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or email:thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za; or Silindile Maluleka on 031 311 4811/073 332 639 or email: silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za