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Ntuzuma D Housing Project changes lives
​Sipho Ngcobo, one of the beneficiaries of the Ntuzuma D
Phase 2 and 3 Housing Project is elated to be moving into
his new house.

Picture: NONHLANHLA MKHABELA
“IT FEELS like I have been given a new lease on life.” This is how 56-year-old Sipho Ngcobo described the feeling of moving into his new house which was officially handed over to him on 10 September. Ngcobo is one of more than 2 500 residents from Ntuzuma D, ward 43, who will no longer lack decent shelter, proper sanitation, clean water, and legally connected electricity thanks to the Ntuzuma D Phase 2 and 3 Housing Project.

Contractors are currently hard at work to completethe project which costs R200 million. Ngcobo, a father of 11 children including a 15-year-old disabled daughter, said whenever his children visited, they were squashed together in a shack he built in KwaNdlanzi. “When I was told I would be moving into the house, I was in disbelief. I cannot wait to finish moving all my belongings in so I can relax and enjoy my house.

My life has changed. This housing project has changed so many lives. It feels great seeing all this improvement in the community,” he said. Ward Councillor Nelisiwe Mhlongo said 1 785 houses have already been completed under the project. An additional 650 houses were recently approved, bringing the total yield of completed houses to 2 579, she said. She said the project was launched in 2012 but its progress was hindered due to challenges. “Beneficiaries now enjoy decent houses comprising of two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open plan kitchen and lounge.

Houses have electricity, running water and sewer connections,” said Councillor Mhlongo. Much like all City projects, locals benefitted from 10 sub-contracting opportunities and over 50 job opportunities were created. “Not only are locals and subcontractors receiving job opportunities, but they are also acquiring skills which will help them grow in the construction field. This will hopefully assist them to access more opportunities,” said Councillor Mhlongo.

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