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Housing issues addressed
06 September 2018

Tension ran high on Sunday during Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela’s visit to Zwelihle.

A large group of people stood outside the community hall in Zwelihle where the minister briefed the community about progress made regarding various projects aimed at addressing the need for housing in the area. He was accompanied by Overstrand Mayor Dudley Coetzee, Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion, MPP Masizole Mnqasela and a number of councillors.

The topic of the sale of land at Schulphoek was one of the main issues addressed at the meeting. Madikizela informed the public he had met with the owners of the land to discuss the price, which he had deemed too high.

He informed the community of a new site that had been identified as suitable for emergency housing for 150 people in need.

He also addressed the issue of illegal invasion on the land behind the pool in Mbeki Road, which was deemed unsuitable for human occupation.

Contractors, said Madikizela, are also in the process of repairing houses in Swartdam Road that were damaged during the riots.

These houses are scheduled to be handed over to beneficiaries at the end of September.

A large contingent of police and law enforcement officers stood guard outside the hall where a crowd had gathered.

“Why are there so many police?” one man asked. “This shows they don’t trust us and think we are violent. That is why people are angry and refuse to attend the meeting.”

Madikizela visited the piece of land behind the swimming pool where people had started erecting illegal structures, before meeting with the community of Mount Pleasant at the Moffat Hall.

The MEC informed residents of Mount Pleasant that a number of sites that will be able to accommodate approximately 370 beneficiaries have been identified. He refused to identify the locations of these sites, quoting fears of illegal land invasion. “The rest of the people on the list will be accommodated at Schulphoek,” Madikizela added.

He also visited Hawston, where he gave feedback on land that had been identified as possible sites for further housing developments

Madikizela asked the communities to be patient while various processes are being followed to identify beneficiaries. He also pointed out that everybody does not qualify for a free house. “People will qualify for different kinds of subsidies, depending on their income,” he explained.

The MEC urged the communities to elect trustworthy and responsible representatives, who can ensure the people most in need are named the beneficiaries of the various housing projects.

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