The City of uMhlathuze Municipal Mayor Councillor Xolani Ngwezi has this morning visited three sites for the mega housing projects that will benefit more than 20 000 people of uMhlathuze Municipality.
Mayor Ngwezi kick-started site visits at Aquadene Housing Project in Richards Bay, where 699 RDP houses and more than 1000 flats will be built, then he proceeded to Dumisani Makhaye Village where more than 6 000 houses will be built before concluding his site visit at eMpangeni Mega-Housing where 10 000 houses will be built, including RDP houses, low cost houses, flats and upmarket houses.
Following the inspection of these major housing projects, Mayor Ngwezi says although there is progress in the construction of these houses, he is not fully satisfied with the speed and snail pace of these multimillion Rands housing project. â€śSome of the delays on these projects are caused by the lack of involvement from other stakeholders such as the provincial Department of Transport, the department is meant to first finish up the construction and expansion of the R619 road, it is such stipulated conditions that are outside our mandate as the municipality that delays the resumption and completion of such major and progressive projectsâ€ť, says Ngwezi.
Ngwezi has further warned the public and citizens of uMhlathuze not to fall victims of scammers, some of which pretend to be councillors, who would approach them and ask them to pay funds and monies so that they may be beneficiaries of these houses, â€śI urge every community member who could and may have been approached by anybody, offering to sell them these houses to come forward and expose such corrupt people, these houses are for free and they are meant to benefit the needy and the vulnerable who canâ€™t afford houses of their own,â€ť he said.
The Mayor has further called on service providers, the constructors to stick to their promises and set timeframes of delivering to the municipality and come forward to explain themselves when they fail to meet their deadlines of implementation. He says there should be an honest and transparent working relationship between the municipality and service providers.
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