Kzn Human Settlements Mec Launches Siyahlala-La
SLUMS CLEARANCE HOUSING PROJECT IN NEWCASTLE
In what has been described as a first step at restoring the dignity of the people who have been living in a sprawling informal settlement right on the doorstep of the central business district of Newcastle Municipality, Kwa-Zulu Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Ravigasen Pillay together with the Mayor of Newcastle Municipality, Councillor Afzul Rehman will tomorrow Friday 22nd July 2016 officiate at the launch of the Siyahlala-la Housing Project near Fairleigh in Ward 25.
Home to more than 1000 inhabitants since 1989, the sprawling informal settlement near the suburb of Fairleigh will be transformed into being a first post-1994 Integrated Residential Development Programme project (IRDP) where beneficiaries will be residing closer to their workplaces in decent affordable accommodation enjoying fully serviced amenities.
The Siyahlala-la IRD project is an in-situ Informal Settlement Upgrade with an expected yield of 1 200 units when completed. The total cost of the project is more R140 million inclusive of installing of internal and external services consisting of water-borne sanitation infrastructure as well as access roads and public transport roads.
MEC Pillay and Mayor Rehman will tomorrow launch the first batch of the 500-units that will eventually make up the 1 205 units. The first 500 units cost R58 million.
The Ministerial entourage will also pour the first concrete on the cut platform slab of the first 25 houses that are to be built to relocate 25 families presently on the servitude route of a water and sewage pipeline.
“This is going to be another suburb, not a settlement,” remarked Mayor Rehman.
MEC Pillay said the launch of Siyahlala-la Housing Project will go a long way in restoring the dignity of the people of Siyahlala-la.
“The squalid informal settlement conditions that these people have been habiting since 1989 have been an affront to their dignity and we are very elated that their patience has paid off with the project finally getting off the ground,” said MEC Pillay.