Durban allocates R277m for housing projects

Durban City’s Executive Committee (Exco) has approved R277m for the completion of various housing projects with the municipal area.

The projects, according to the eZasegagasini Metro, the official municipality publication, include the building of 7 000 houses and in some cases the installation of basic services in 32 of the city’s 100 wards.

The head of the City’s Housing Unit, Cogi Pather, said building work would start immediately.

“The approval by Exco means we can immediately start addressing deserving cases by building temporary houses and delivering basic services.” Pather said a more extensive roll-out of the project could be expected in two months,.

In a report to Exco, the Housing Department said it required the city to provide funding from the Housing Development Fund and Slums Clearance Programme to speed up delivery.

The department said the projects were ready for approval and subsidies form the provincial Department of Housing, but “the submission and approve process is time consuming.”
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