OUT WITH OLD IN WITH THE NEW
By: Sihle Makhowana
Over 5000 residents of the Klaarwater Hostel will soon move from the old hostel structure into newly built facilities.
This project is known as the Community Residential Units (CRU) project and is part of government’s efforts to convert old hostels into new, comfortable environments.
Human Settlements Social Housing official, Saheh Makan, told our JournalismIziko reporter that the Klaarwater Hostel was given R23 Million for the upgrades and phase one of the
upgrades had already been completed.
According to Makan, the beneficiaries have been moved into the new hostel building.
“The hostel conversion process is part of government’s plan to improve the old hostel facilities.
The project started in 2011 and phase one of the Klaarwater Hostel project should have been finished in 2012 but due to delays, community strikes and other elements I cannot
divulge, it was only finished in 2013,” Makan said.
“We are working closely with the local councillor and we are fast approaching the end of phase 2. The people should be able move in by March next year,” Makan added.
The newly built hostels are not for free. According to Makan, beneficiaries are people who earn between R800 and R3500.
The Human Settlements department then pass on the numbers to the eThekwini Municipality Housing Department to work out how much each resident is to pay.
The price is also determined by what type of accommodation the person has chosen.
This initiative by the eThekwini Munipality has been warmly received by the Klaarwater
Hostel residents. Sphesihle Mbambo, a resident at the hostel, says they are happy with what the government has done for them.
“We are very happy as residents of this hostel. This new building has allowed us to live with our families, it is spacious and the rent is reasonable,” said Mbambo.
Mlungisi Gumede, also a resident at the hostel, echoed the same sentiments as Mbambo.
“We are pleased that the government is listening and doing what the people have asked.
As residents of Klaarwater Hostel, we are very happy about the upgrades,” said Gumede.