Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu has announced that more than 880 homes are to be built in the KwaMasinenge informal settlement as part of a slums clearance project. It would mean that indigent people residing as KwaMasinenge would be receiving shelter for the first time in their lives. Mayor Mqwebu stated at a media briefing on Tuesday that the project would be located on state land donated by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and the Department of Education.
The mayor’s full statement reads:
About 882 housing units are set to be constructed as part of a slums clearance project, and which will see indigent people residing at KwaMasinenge informal settlement receiving shelter for the first time in their lives.
This project is located on state land which was donated by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and the Department of Education.
The necessary developmental procedures which have been followed include:-
Securing of land through a deed of donation
Planning approval through a Developmental Facilitation Act
Funding approval by KwaZulu- Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ravi Pillay
Enrolment of the project with the National Housing Building Registration Council
The project’s budget amounts to R68 815 976.00 (Excluding Variation allowance and VAT) and its completion is anticipated to take the duration of 30 months (2 years and 6 months).
According to the Human Settlement and Infrastructure Department these housing units will be sized at 40m² and 42m² and about 188 will be free standing single story houses and 764 being the semi-detached double- storey houses.
The project will be accompanied by the upgrading of gravel roads and storm water. Each housing unit will also have water connection and water- borne toilets.
The Hibiscus Coast Municipality went through the normal supply chain process, where an open tender process was followed in order to secure a reputable contractor to undertake the construction of the houses and provision of services and eventually, Tauris Garden Trading 500cc was appointed as the preferred bidder.
During the construction phase, KwaMasinenge residents will benefit in terms of local economic development and work opportunities, as it is the policy of Hibiscus Coast Municipality that any project must benefit the local community for employment and skills transfer.
Hibiscus Coast Municipality is in the process of identifying other land pockets where excess people who will still need shelter will be relocated to.
Simon M Soboyisa
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
Hibiscus Coast Municipality
10 Connor Street, Port Shepstone
039 688 2056 (t)
072 057 5387 082 752 2881(c)
086 529 7121 (f)
Simon.Soboyisa@hcm.gov.za / email@example.com