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Mayor launches R120 million housing project in oThongathi

SILINDILE MALULEKA ETHEKWINI?s service delivery commitment to eradicate informal settlements and improve living conditions of its residents was bolstered when Mayor Zandile Gumede launched a R120 million Emona Sunhill Housing Development in oThongathi on 27 August. Mayor Gumede, accompanied by Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu and various oThongathi councillors, addressed Ward 61 residents from three informal settlements - Harry?s Farm, Firehouse and Saturam. A total of 1082 families from the three informal settlements will benefit from this multi-million rand housing development. Mayor Gumede also introduced the appointed contractor Stedone Development that has begun construction on site to implement civil work which includes earthworks for platforms, earthworks EThekwini Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede flanked by councillors and Municipal officials during the launch of the R120 million Emona Sunhill Housing Development in oThongathi. Picture: LWAZI MZOBE for the roads and asphalt roads, sewer and water reticulation. The contractor has committed to look for expertise like bricklaying and pipe laying in the community. The housing development will be undertaken in phases, with Phase 1 consisting of 250 units and the project is expected to be completed in 12 months. ?This community has waited patiently for the housing development to begin and this was due to studies that had to be done before any construction work could begin. Now that the studies have been finalised and we are pleased with the outcomes, we are giving this project the green light. During the construction of this housing project, employment opportunities will be created for the residents,? said Mayor Gumede. After the civil work is complete, the top structure which is the construction of the houses and connection to services will commence. To ensure that residents have an adequate supply of water, an upgrade of a reservoir will be done while the project is under construction. When Mayor Gumede delivered her acceptance speech in 2016 when the new Council came into office, she committed to ensuring that people living in flood plains, informal settlements and backyards receive priority from a development point of view. During the launch, Councillor Mthembu said Council was aware of the challenges facing residents in the various oThongathi informal settlements. ?We will prioritise basic services like electricity for this community. We commit to convening another meeting with the City?s Electricity Unit and residents to discuss plans of electrification,? he said. silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za

UMkhumbane Museum nominated for top Africa Award

GUGU MDLALOSE AND SIMPHIWE DLAMINI THE City?s R80 million ultra-modern uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum in Cato Manor, which has helped alleviate unemployment in the area has been nominated in the Africa Architecture Awards. The awards, which will be held on 28 September in Cape Town, aim to recognise and reward projects from around the continent and seeks to celebrate design excellence, honour established architects and encourage emerging designers. With a total of 307 entries received, 139 submissions were for the ?built? category. The museum has been shortlisted in the top 5 of this category and is the only South African entry that is competing in this field. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the news. ?This project has not only revived the Cato Manor area, but it has also helped preserve our rich heritage and boost tourism in the City. Importantly, it has created jobs for people in the area. We pride ourselves about such structures,? she said, adding that the museum is in line with the City?s green strategy. The cultural and heritage museum, once completed, will include a heritage centre, a forced removal museum, a memorial of Queen Thomozile, a concession and a trade building as well as the Cato Manor Freedom Park. Head of Parks Recreation and Culture Unit Thembinkosi Ngcobo said: ?Before the museum was built, we sat down with the service providers and we told them that we wanted it to be the best in the world. We also told them to use some of the world?s best museums to benchmark and that the design must be a combination of both African and modern design.? Head of Engineering Unit Greg Evans commended the City?s Architecture Department for their project management skills and seeing the project to completion with creativity and strong design ethos intact. The uMkhumbane Cultural and Heritage Museum, which was completed last year has been nominated in the prestigious Africa Architecture Awards. Picture: SUPPLIED

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