NEW HOUSES CAUSE PROBLEMS IN INK
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu (INK) area residents have posed complains to eThekwini Municipality and KwaZulu-Natal province regarding RDP houses.
In Ntuzuma Section B hall, it appears that the INK housing project has been a problem to the residents of the place as there are complaints about the new small houses compared to the larger “apartheid era” houses.
Phumzile Buthelezi, a beneficiary of the project in Ntuzuma, explained why their new houses have been a problem.
“The new houses are small in terms of length and our furniture can’t fit in,” she said.
Their bathrooms have been reduced and now they have to rely on “showers because other bathroom accessories can’t fit in,” she revealed.
“The entire house is small, some of our furnishings other than bathroom accessories are still left outside because there is no space inside,” Buthelezi said.
While other INK citizens are complaining, others are still waiting for their new homes.
Chair of the Human Settlement and Infrastructure committee Nigel Gumede revealed that the houses are still the same length.
“If a house was 52 square metres, it must’ve been rebuilt as it was in terms of its length,” he said.
Gumede believes that the building material used is not the same and it can cause the house to be smaller than the older one.
“Before they used bricks to build houses and now we are using blocks, so the brick is smaller but we will investigate the matter,” Gumede explained.
The gathering was also graced by the Premier of the province, Senzo Mchunu, MEC of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Municipal Mayor James Nxumalo.
The officials were in the area for the launch of the “war against water leakage” campaign but Mchunu also addressed the issue of housing.
He revealed five issues that the national government is working on, which includes development in rural areas and townships.