Members of the Executive Committee (EXCO) have visited the flagship Cornubia Human Settlement project today, 29/01/13, to check progress. About 480 units of the Phase One pilot are nearing completion and Phase Two has already gone to tender.
 
Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Nigel Gumede said the Council has taken a decision to fast-track all the flagship projects, particularly those that concern basic service delivery in order to decisively deal with the issue of the provision of housing to the public.
 
“We are faced with a huge backlog in terms of slums eradication and as such we (EXCO) have mandated the Municipal Manager to come up with a solution to fast-track the completion of the project, including the tendering processes, in order to ensure maximum output at a minimal costs and fastest time.”
 
Gumede went on to explain that the need for faster action in this regard was informed by the fact that there are about 11 000 families in transit camps alone in eThekwini and the issue of mushrooming shacks all over the City demands that swift action be taken to address the issue. “The allocation guidelines for Cornubia have been tabled to the Human Settlements Committee and adopted, the process of prioritising areas as prescribed by the guidelines is currently being finalised,” he said.
 
He warned people to follow proper channels when registering for houses. “It is also as important for people to note that allocation of council houses, at any project, are done through their Ward Councillors or at designated offices and not through the opportunistic criminals who solicit bribes and promise people houses illegally. Council houses are free and should not be sold,” explained Gumede.
 
 
Senior Manager from the Human Settlements Unit in the Northern region, Beryl Khanyile, said that Phase One of the Cornubia housing project is scheduled for completion in June this year and 486 families will be allocated houses.
“In terms of infrastructure 60% of roads, 90% internal sewers, 25% of bulk sewer, 10% internal water supply and 90% storm water will all be complete by the time Phase One is completed in June and furthermore, Phase Two of the project is already out on tender,” said Khanyile. The City has a backlog of about 150 000 housing units.
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Gugu Mdlalose, Communications Officer on 031 311 4807 or 072 944 4835 or e-mail mdlaloseg@durban.gov.za