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The Public Service Week moved into higher gear today Tuesday 27 September 2022 when MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba officiated at the hand over of a Temporary Residential Unit (TRU) to 99-year old Gogo Seqephi Ndwandwe KaMahlanzi who for 10 years had been living in a makeshift rickety structure in KwaDabhazi in Ward 4 of Nongoma Local Municipality. MEC Mahlaba also launched Phase Two of the R44 million Khokhwaneni Rural Housing Project in Ward 10 of Nongoma Local Municipality. The project will benefit 300 families. The Zululand District Municipality Operation Sukuma Sakhe MEC Champion later addressed District Task Team members.

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In the aftermath of the April floods in KwaZulu-Natal, many houses in eThekwini Municipality had their structural integrity compromised thus rendering them unsafe for residential occupation. During the recent visit by the National Assembly's Ad Hoc Committee on Floods and Disaster this was brought to the attention of MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba. As a follow-up, today Friday 23 September 2022 MEC Mahlaba was joined by Economic Freedom Fighters MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi and local EFF Ward Councillor Shange during an inspection in loco visit to Terrance Park Phase 5 (Esiphesihle Area) & Brooksfarm Area, Amawotana as well as the visuallly impaired housing project to conduct conditional assessments. MEC Mahlaba was also accompanied by Head of Department Mr Mdu Zungu, General Manager for Sustainable Settlements Ms Luyanda Kafile and Acting Director for Project Management in the Coastal Region Mr Wonderboy Msizi Shange

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SINATHING, PIETERMARITZBURG-
MEC Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba has promptly responded to urgent calls for housing intervention for two households in Sinathing, Pietermaritzburg. The Molefe family and the child-headed Sibiya household in Pietermaritzburg have been living in squalor, after both their dilapidated mud houses collapsed due to inclement weather conditions. Both their mud houses were no longer conducive for occupancy.
Today the MEC of Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba conducted a sight visit to assess the plight and living conditions of both families.
MEC Dr Mahlaba was accompanied by Umsunduzi Speaker of Council Cllr. Majola and the ward councillor. The MEC was also accompanied by Elton Ngcaba from the Elton Ngcobo Foundation, which has been working with the Department of Human Settlements to assist the families.
The MEC promptly committed to build a temporary structure in the interim for the families next week, and also assured the families that the building of a a brand new house will start in three months.
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KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba today officiated at the handover of R43 million Phase One and launch of the R49 million Phase Two of the oPhuzane Rural Housing Project in Ward 8 of eDumbe Local Municipality in Zululand District Municipality.

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Human Settlements Indaba and Exhibition on 4th September 2022 at the Durban Exhibition Centre in eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. In attendance are Minister of Human Settlements Ms. M Kubayi, the host KZN MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba, Deputy Minister Pam Tshwete, Human Settlements MECs from Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Gauteng, eThekwini Municipality Mayor Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda, eThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor Cllr Philani Mavundla, KwaDukuza Mayor Cllr Nhaca, CEOs of Human Settlements Department entities, stakeholders in the construction and property industry. Later on Sunday evening Minister Kubayi would host a stakeholder engagement gala dinner at the adjacent Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

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Media and Public Statement on MEC’s visit time Transnet owned Montclair Lodge

MONTCLAIR - Resettling the April and May floods displacees to permanent shelter remains the priority of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements.

MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba said this on Wednesday during an inspection-in-loco of the Transnet owned Montclair Lodge, south of Durban.

The Transnet housing establishment has been earmarked for possible use to temporarily house floods displacees whilst waiting for permanent houses.

The Montclair Lodge hogged news headlines recently when floods displacees from Yellowwood Park Civic Centre and Tehuis Hostel in uMlaza invaded the Lodge and took refugee there for almost three weeks.

The State Owned Rail Freight Logistics entity had to resort to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sitting in Durban to secure an eviction order to remove the invading floods victims to vacate the Transnet facility.

During today's visit, MEC Mahlaba met Transnet Property Division management at Montclair and was taken on a site tour of the facility and shown the single room apartments, the laundry room, the bathing and ablution facilities, the gym, and kitchen and dining facilities.

MEC Mahlaba said he was satisfied with the Montclair facility as it was conducive to humanitarian resettling of floods victims to a decent shelter.

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KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba addressing Members of Parliament who constitute the Ad Hoc Joint Committee On Floods Disaster Relief and Recovery during the Committee’s Day One of the Three-Day Second Oversight Visit to KwaZulu-Natal at a Durban Beachfront Hotel on Tuesday 23rd August 2022. MEC Mahlaba was part of the Provincial Executive Council delegation that was led by Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube. Other MECs in attendance included Treasury MEC Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Sipho Hlomuka, Cooperative and Traditional Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala, eThekwini Municipality Mayor Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda as well as Deputy Mayor Cllr Philani Mavundla. The committee is expected to do site visits to transport, water and sanitation infrastructure damaged by April and May Floods as well as Mass Care Centres presently sheltering floods displacees during the rest of the week

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Today we concluded the Youth Month by having an information sharing program and career expo at KwaDabhasi, eMaye, Mcibindini and eGegegedeni KwaNongoma municipality. We are taking government straight to the people where it belongs, loading our youth with information is necessary. but also helping them on how to access available information is a must, this is a rural community in dire need of information government of the people is here for that, we will be dealing with eMathani housing project soon, its about the people every day

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As we continue with umsebenzi wesizwe, we had a career expo and information session in Endumeni municipality Dundee with the Department of Human Settlements and Public Works, we had other stakeholders, the aim is to show case the opportunities both for learners and those in business. We are taking government where it belongs the people.

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Today we handed over part the completed units in Ray Nkonyeni Municipality KwaMasinenge informal Settlements to our people, this is part of slums clearance program. we are changing the lives of our people for the better in the true sense but also restoring their dignity, this project cost R102m the Premier Sihle Zikalala handed over these houses to the beneficiaries and emphasized that the project must be speeded up

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