DA KZN: eThekwini housing delivery drops 50% in seven years

George Mari, MPL

DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Human Settlement

Housing delivery in eThekwini has reached new crisis levels with reports that the municipality’s housing department is set to reach only half of its building target for the current budget period.

According to media reports, the municipality will build 8 500 low cost homes.  Seven years ago there was an output of 16 000 units per annum.

The DA is appalled by the drastic drop in delivery.

eThekwini currently has a housing backlog of some 400 000.  At eThekwini’s current rate of delivery it will take 50 years to clear this.

Despite the enormity of the problem, municipal housing officials continue to reduce annual housing delivery targets.  In spite of this, the housing department only achieved 30% of its reduced target two years ago.

The municipality continues to renege on its mandate which is to eradicate slums across the city.  At the heart of the problem are a lack of capacity and fitness for purpose.  The recent violent protests by shack dwellers within the Metro are clear evidence of this.

The DA will call for an urgent meeting with KZN Human Settlement MEC, Ravi Pillay and senior eThekwini housing officials in order to look at various interventions.  This situation must be addressed urgently.