RDP HOUSES NOT FOR SALE
There are strong allegations that some councillors and/or officials have taken money from people in exchange for RDP houses which were meant to be allocated for free to people who have been on the waiting list. The eMalahleni Local Municipality encourages anyone with evidence to come forward or approach the SAPS and report that fraud. It is a known fact that RDP houses are allocated for free of charge.
INVASION OF HOUSES
People who invaded houses at Siyanqoba were all evicted on Saturday 19 August 2017 in an operation conducted by SAPS and the municipality. Members of SAPS are monitoring the situation and will prevent further invasions.
INVASION AT THUSHANANG HOSTEL
Council took a resolution with regards of Block 1 and 5 that people who occupied the units before they were allocated be naturalised and sign lease agreements with the municipality. In order to facilitate the process of signing the lease agreements and further management of the units, the municipality has entered into a memorandum of agreement with Emalahleni Housing Institution.
South 32 has built houses in Phola and they will be donated to the municipality. South 32 prefer to donate the houses in areas directly affected by their operations, hence they specifically chose the community of Phola as beneficiaries.
THE PRESENCE OF RED ANTS IN THUSHANANG HOSTEL
The municipality currently has a contract with the red Ants which cannot be abruptly terminated. The concerns raised by the community are taken seriously by the municipality and it is in that regard that a process to remove the Red Ants from the hostels has been initiated.
The municipality has given the Red Ants a notice to vacate the hostel by end of August 2017, in line with the notice period as per the contract between the two parties. The units will then be allocated to those who applied and met requirements.
AVAILABILITY OF STANDS FOR SELF BUILD
The municipality currently does not have own serviced land. The land which is available has been bought by the Department of Human Settlements on behalf of the municipality for Integrated Residential Development Programme.
The municipality has approached the Department to consider releasing some of the stands for the purposes of self-build for the gap market as the demand for such is huge.
ALLOCATION OF HOUSES
National government prescribes that allocation to benefit in the housing programmes be derived from the National Housing Needs Register. In response to this directive the municipality developed a Housing Allocation Policy and consequently, in 2014, the municipality embarked on a programme to go into all wards to collect data and establish the housing need. To date the municipality has in its database about 32000 people that are registered for consideration for allocations into various housing opportunities.
The housing allocation policy and national guide can do not allow for councillors to handle lists for allocation purposes. Councillors can only bring in lists of people to be added on the Housing Needs Register to be considered for future allocations.
The allocation policy further stipulates that when allocating beneficiaries, the following groups should take priority; the elderly, people living with disabilities, child headed households, women headed households and men headed households.
Over and above the criteria, the municipality has undertaken to set aside ten units for the youth in each allocation that it receives going forward.