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R211m to be pumped into Nelson Mandela Bay informal settlements | The Citizen
National 18.5.2017 02:15 pm

R211m to be pumped into Nelson Mandela Bay informal settlements

An informal settlement. Picture: Michel Bega.

An informal settlement. Picture: Michel Bega.

The money from the Urban Settlements Development Grant will see the metro surface all surrounding gravel roads and install street lighting.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has secured R211 million over the next financial year to take service delivery to the city’s poorest of residents.

Approximately about 3 000 informal homes with a total of around 12 000 mostly indigent residents will receive water and sanitation straight to the home for the first time.

Some of the focus areas for this programme include Malabar, Nkata/Seyesi, Bethelsdorp, Kleinskool, Motherwell NU 29 and Rocklands.

The money from the Urban Settlements Development Grant will see the metro surface all surrounding gravel roads and install street lighting.

In a statement, Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, said that the metro would spend about R70 000 per erf.

Trollip said that soon residents in these areas would be able to turn on a tap in their own homes.

“The young fathers who have faced dangers of crime and gangs while trying to access distant toilets late at night, will now safely be able to access sanitation services on their own property.

“While we work to ensure that these families do also move on into formal housing as soon as we can deliver houses, for now the full scope of services and infrastructure works towards transforming these townships into a more dignified living place. Formal housing is of course our ultimate goal to more and more people, but we cannot allow informal households to remain neglected without services,” said Trollip.