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Access roads to be built in rural housing projects
ETHEKWINI Municipality’s Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee has given the green light for the construction of access roads in three rural housing projects in the Municipality’s western region.
This comes after the committee approved the use of the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) following a report tabled by the Human Settlements Unit at the monthly committee meeting held at City Hall on 5 June.

During the meeting Councillors agreed that the USDG funding must be used to upgrade the three housing projects namely KwaXimba Phase 1, eMaphephetheni Phase 1 and Kwangcolosi Phase 1. All three housing projects are on the current financial year’s business plan. Human Settlements and
Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu said the USDG funding assists to improve household’s access to basic services through the provision of bulk, link and internal reticulation infrastructure, with a focus on the disadvantaged and urban development and urban production. “This is done to support broader urban development, spatial integration by supplementing the capital budgets of metropolitan municipalities,” he said.

Councillor Mthembu added that the provision of housing is informed by national policies including Outcome 8 of the programme of action, which calls for the creation of sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life, and Chapter 8 of the National Development Plan. “At local level, the Human Settlements Unit works to effectively implement Plan Three of eThekwini Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan: creating a quality living environment,” he said.
Tranches one and two application of funding for KwaXimba Phase 1, eMaphephetheni Phase 1 and Kwangcolosi Phase 1 rural projects were approved by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements. A total number of 233 top structures will have to be constructed in this arduous terrain. Several meetings were held with the community, advising them on the challenges experienced since the project had started.
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