Acting mayor of eThekwini, Cllr Fawzia Peer together with distinguished officials at the function.
Human settlements, water and sanitation minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, acting mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Fawzia Peer, premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, were among other MECs, who handed over 450 title deeds to community members, in Cornubia, last Friday.
The dignitaries were met by jubilant community members of Cornubia, who showed their appreciation of their title deeds through song and dance.
Resident and homeowner in Cornubia, Nokukhanya Mpanza, expressed her gratitude.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would live to hold my title deed in my hand. It was always something that I dreamed my grandchildren would have,” Mpanza said.
Not only were title-deeds handed over to excited residents but a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a primary school, a multi-purpose hall, primary health care facility, sports field, and linear park was held.
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Another resident of the area, who could not suppress her excitement for the unfolding developments in her community, Lindiwe Maphumulo, said, “I am grateful that my children will not have to travel out of Cornubia for school, clinic visits and for leisure. It will save me the stress of having to worry about their well-being.”
During her speech, Cllr Peer revealed that a total of R155 million was issued in an effort to bring local citizens closer to social amenities and economic opportunities.
“We are working together with the Provincial Department of Human Settlement led by MEC Peggy Nkonyeni. We wish to confirm that 2661 units have been completed in Phase 1 with many families expressing their gratitude to this democratic government. We further confirm that construction in Phase 2, which will consist of 23000 units, is already underway. This will cater, broadly, for the low or gap market housing,” Cllr Peer said.
Cllr Peer added that the construction of the early childhood development centre, the primary and high school – will help create a skill base from which the industries located in the area will recruit.
Developments associated with the Cornubia expansion projects is the Mt Edgecombe interchange along the N2 highway. Cllr Peer also promised that more title deeds will be handed out by the minister in the future.