Transfer of Kennedy Road informal settlement residents must be prioritised

George Mari, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance

THE Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Local Government MEC, Nomusa Dube and KZN Human Settlement MEC, Ravi Pillay, to give immediate and urgent consideration to the establishment of a temporary transit camp at the Cornubia housing project to assist Kennedy Road families who lost their homes in last night’s blaze.

The fire has destroyed more than 100 homes, leaving some 700 residents without shelter, and the province’s disaster management team must act immediately in providing aid. The DA has been calling for intervention at the Kennedy Road informal settlement for a very long time. There are far too many people living within this informal settlement. Yet our appeals for a transit camp at Cornubia have been ignored, despite the fact that residents have been prioritised for relocation to Cornubia. It therefore makes complete sense for some residents to relocate to temporary accommodation on the Cornubia site, where they can later move into new houses that are currently being constructed. The recent announcement of the Ethekwini draft budgets indicates that the municipality is looking at delivering on just 50% of its target of 16 000 houses per annum. This spells more bad news and more waiting for residents at Kennedy Road informal settlement.

Fires at the Kennedy Road settlement have reached epidemic proportions. As winter approaches, the situation will only become more dangerous as residents attempt to keep warm. Both the province and the municipality must urgently look at alternate forms of housing delivery.

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