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City assesses living conditions at CRUs
​A delegation from the Human Settlement and Infrastructure Committee conducted the second leg of an inspection at several Community Residential Units (CRUs) situated in the north of Durban where they assessed living conditions.

The Whip of the Committee, Councillor Mpume Sithole led the delegation, consisting of Councillors and Municipal officials to the following four CRUs – Dalton just outside the Central Business District,
Klaarwater, Kranskloof in KwaDabeka and KwaMashu, on 3 April.

The inspection is to assist the Committee to better understand the living conditions in the CRUs and the challenges faced by CRU administration and management. After the inspection, Councillor Sithole said service delivery backlogs and challenges in CRUs must be addressed. Currently, there are 10 CRUs in eThekwini, with many undergoing infrastructural upgrades.

Challenges faced in most CRUs include overcrowding, lack of access control, illegal allocation of tenants, non-payment of rentals, inaccurate tenants’ records, theft and vandalism of Council property as well as dilapidated buildings and infrastructure. Councillor Sithole added that the tour will assist Councillors in making an informed decision on transforming lives of people in CRUs. “Now that we have seen what challenges are facing CRUs, we are in a better position to make decisions on solutions that will improve their quality of life. As a Municipality, we will work towards accelerating service delivery in CRUs,” she said.

The construction of units within existing CRU’s is in the pipeline to accommodate more residents.  This will address the issue of illegal tenants. Also, the Municipality is exploring ways to break down bulk metering to individual metering in CRU’s. This will address the issue of non-payment of basic services like electricity and water. “The Municipality must put in place systems to eliminate overcrowding. It is also our duty to ensure that all illegal activities are discontinued,” added Councillor Sithole.
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