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KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu
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KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu, has warned building contractors against building shoddy and unstable infrastructure which puts the lives of citizens in danger.

Mchunu issued this warning during the launch of the R184 million Community Residential Units (CRUs) upgrade project, the KwaMashu hostel. The project includes the upgrade of nine hostels within eThekwini Municipality. The Premier’s comments come after the recent collapse of a building at a construction site in oThongathi, which left two people dead and several others injured.

The launch was attended by Mayor James Nxumalo, Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala, members of the Council’s Executive Members and KZN MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, eThekwini councillors and municipal officials. Mchunu urged building contractors who have been appointed to start the project, to build quality houses to restore the dignity of citizens who are set to benefit from the project.

“Those who have been awarded tenders must make sure that they build properly. Shoddy work is not acceptable because you are building for people. Government will not tolerate this kind of work and we are not friends of contractors who do shoddy work,” he said. Mchunu instructed the municipality to conduct regular inspections at construction sites.

“The Mayor and the City Manager should have technical teams to conduct inspections regularly.” The project has yielded 982 completed units equating to 5 192 bed spaces. This multi-million rand project will be rolled out to other CRUs in eThekwini as part of Government’s effort to improve the lives of people living in former hostels and to turn these structures into family units. Hostels in KwaMashu (R48 million), KwaDabeka (R20 million), Wema (R24 million), Jacobs (R12 million), Klaarwater (R23 million), KwaMakhutha (R8 million) and Dalton (R13 million) are set to benefit from the project.

Mayor James Nxumalo said: “Government decided to do away with single sex hostels and today families can live in CRUs because it is two-bedroom accommodation with a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and toilet with electricity, clean water, geyser and it is also connected to a proper sewage system.” Nxumalo said the quality of life for people of KwaMashu hostel, which consists of informal settlements, and other CRUs, is set to change for the better after the upgrades.

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