By Andrew Matyila
Buffalo City Municipality (BCM), Mayor Xola Phakathi, accompanied by the mayoral office’s Zodwa Ceba, Human Settlement MMC and Ward 2 councillor, Nozandile Mhlola, BCM HoD A. Mbula, Project manager Nonyameko Nqoyo, Social facilitator Mr Hondi and Councillors Gwebile Kosani (ward 12) and Senduku Maphuko (ward 42), went to Dakhawa settlements in Mdantsane, to handover to 340 housing units to rightful beneficiaries on August 21.
340 Housing units were handed over to the residents at Polar Park in Dimbaza and in Ward 12 NU1 Mdantsane in East London on August 21. “The City remains committed to accelerating human settlement,” read their statement. Councillor Kosani said the Mayor also attended to complaints from the Dacawa residents, that the houses built and yards provided are too small for them to do renovations. They added that they cannot even build garages for their vehicles.
Meanwhile, a bitter feud broke out between Mdantsane residents and Buffalo City Municipality over the allocation of land to build houses for Duncan Village residents.The land in question is next to the old Mdantsane cemetery, the area that used to be known as GC, where the government maintenance buildings used to be.
SANCO said there are many homeless people living in Mdantsane, and some are living in shacks and still awaiting houses. “There is no way that BCM can overlook them in favour of people from other demarcations,” which they maintained is Sanco’s objective.