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Cornubia allocations on track

SLINDILE MALULEKA MAYOR James Nxumalo has announced that allocations of beneficiaries for the Cornubia Human Settlements project, has started and the first phase of the Presidential project would be occupied by the end of this year. The announcement was made after members of the Executive Committee (EXCO) conducted a tour to assess progress in the construction of the project which is situated north of Durban. EXCO members were pleased with the progress at the site so far. Nxumalo said Phase 1A of the project, which has 482 units and targeted those with a monthly income of less than R3 000, was nearly complete. He said as per allocation policy, 250 units had been allocated to people from various Wards including those who were on the way of services. The remaining 232 units were to be allocated to residents from one informal settlement within eThekwini, which would then be demolished. This informal settlement is yet to be identified. ?The plan is to clear slums in eThekwini Municipality and for us to make an impact, we need to identify one informal settlement to occupy the remaining units and demolish that informal settlement completely,? Nxumalo said. Basic services, including electricity and water, were expected to be connected by October, as the infrastructure for these services was already in place. The highrise structures are similar to starter homes and consist of two bedrooms, a bathroom and toilet as well as an open plan kitchen with lounge. Mayor Nxumalo said the project is expected to yield 25 000 units in the next 10 years. He said the housing project will target low, middle and upper income citizens and will also combine an industrial and commercial project, providing residents with employment opportunities at their doorstep. An amount of R100 million was spent on Phase 1A while Phase 1B, which will consists of 2 200 units, will cost about R550 million. Phase 1B is currently on tender process and construction is expected to start towards the end of this year. Giving feedback on economic development in the area, Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said almost 80% of the business sites had already been sold and infrastructure was currently being developed. Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr. Nigel Members of the Executive Committee visited the Presidential housing project in Cornubia, situated north of Durban, to assess progress that has been made on the first phase of the project. The allocation of beneficiaries has begun and the Units should be occupied by the end of this year. Picture: GUGU MQADI Gumede said the Municipality had plans to replicate the project in other areas. He said the process of renaming Cornubia was undergoing Council processes. ?I am hoping that when the project is launched officially, the name will also be finalised,? Gumede added.

Water loss a cause for concern

THEMBA KHUMALO and APHELELE NTUMBU THE eThekwini Municipality will deploy all available resources in an attempt to reduce the escalating rate of water loss in the City. The Executive Committee (EXCO) has expressed concern that the water loss continues to rise, with the latest figures indicating non-revenue water loss having risen from 34% to 37%. EXCO urged City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole to take all possible measures to deal with this challenge, including the use of technology and local communities to detect and fix water leaks. Chair of Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Nigel Gumede said the problem was further complicated by illegal connections and the mushrooming of informal settlements. ?People need to learn to use water sparingly, and they need to be properly trained about how to detect water leakages because water will soon become an expensive commodity.? ?We need to come up with by-laws and policies to prevent the ?mushrooming? of informal settlements. We need to say enough is enough.? Sithole said the administration is exploring all possible remedies and 55 people have already been employed to detect water leakages. ?We have to try and use every available mechanism to save water, and that is why we now have hired people to detect water leakages where they use a GPS to map the exact location of the leak and this enables our maintenance teams to immediately attend to where a leakage has been identified.? He said the Municipality was also looking at models from other cities as to how they were dealing with the issue of non-revenue water. ?However the difference is that other cities hide their non-revenue water loses whereas we are transparent about our challenges and about how we deal with them.? Sithole has issued a stern warning to those who have occupied land illegally that ?They must not have hope that we will provide them with services. We need to send a strong message that we cannot allow people to do as they please and expect to jump the queue ahead of other people who are waiting services.?

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