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Mayor Kaunda hands over 21 houses in Molweni
​Nonhlanhla Mkhabela
Nonceba Cele could not contain her joy and burst into song when eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda handed over the keys to her brand-new house on 16 September in Lower Molweni, ward nine. The 72-year-old, who was previously living in a tiny stick and mud house, is one of 21 beneficiaries who were received the keys to their homes by Mayor Kaunda.

Mayor Kaunda was accompanied by Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Thanduxolo Sabelo, Deputy Chair Councillor Musa Mkhize and ward nine Councillor Simphiwe Mncube. The houses, 16 of which are newly built and five renovated after being damaged by storms, form part of the Lower Molweni Rural Housing Project which is set to yield 493 units and is expected to be complete in 2021.

Mayor Kaunda said the handover demonstrates that eThekwini Municipality is indeed delivering on its commitment to providing decent shelter. He warned beneficiaries against selling the houses as they are a way of ensuring that their future generations have ownership of land and property.

“The handing over of these houses demonstrate that we are a government that delivers on its commitments. As the Municipality, we are going to bring other programmes in the area that will enable the community to participate in the economy and create jobs,” said Mayor Kaunda.

Councillor Sabelo said the handover is a significant way of showing that development is not just talked about, but residents are witnessing it for themselves. “As we have been saying, time for talk is over. We are hard at work and we will not rest until we deliver services to all our residents,” said Councillor Sabelo.
Cele said: “I am delighted that the government has kept its promise. I want to thank our ward councillor who kept us up to date about the progress of this project. Even if there were challenges, he would convene meetings and communicate those to us.”

Councillor Mncube said there are several other development projects, including the Kwadinabakubo Phase 2 Project, the Ngcolosi Housing Project and the R293 Project, that are set to be implemented soon that will improve the lives of this community.

Nonhlanhla.mkhabela@durban.gov.za
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