Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Promises... Soweto-on-sea

ELIMINATING homelessness, poverty, informal settlements and shacks are among the aims of a housing project – to be funded and managed by national, provincial and local government – which is set to start in April in impoverished Nelson Mandela Bay townships Soweto-on-Sea and Veeplaas.

Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu visited Soweto-on-Sea’s community centre yesterday to explain Zanemvula, an “informal settlement upgrading and human settlement project” to residents, before signing a cooperation agreement with Housing, Local Government and Traditional Affairs MEC Sam Kwelita and mayoral committee member and municipal housing and land committee chairman Nancy Sihlwayi.

Her visit to the centre followed a drive through Veeplaas and a walk through the streets of Soweto-on Sea, where she was warmly welcomed by a crowd of about 100 people, who sang songs as they escorted Sisulu along a short route to visit homes.

Addressing a larger crowd of about 500 people outside the community centre, Sisulu said: “With the help of provincial and local government, we are going to fix these (housing) problems.”


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