6 August New houses for Mdantsane Cluster August 6, 2015 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 49 Housing Units were handed over yesterday by the Buffalo City Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi at Ilinge. Ilinge forms part of the Mdantsane Cluster 1, which will see 1459 houses built. Residents’ shacks were demolished in exchange for a newly built house. Speaking about the initiative Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “These are the housing units built in this area to reduce the number of shacks. We hope you will keep these houses safe and secure.” 87-year-old Alfred Ngqaba, one of the beneficiaries from Ilinge said that it’s a great pleasure to have received a new house and furniture. Another beneficiary who received a new house is Nocawe Dube. Her shack burnt down few months ago. “I did not only receive a new house but also new furniture for my house and I am very grateful to the Metro.” As part of the City’s efforts to build more houses for its residents, Mdantsane Cluster 1 units form part of the initiative. Over 1400 housing units will be built in the area and already 49 units have been completed. Areas that fall under Mdantsane Cluster 1 include Masibambane 156, Masibulele 161, Ilinge 561, Velwano 420 and Dacawa 161. The development is an upgrading of infill areas, it was held back by lack of bulk sanitation. According to a press release issued by the Metro, the Metro’s Engineering Department has upgraded the services to allow for the development of these areas. “These areas are along the Mdantsane Bufferstrip under Ward 12, 14 and 17.” Related Major developments for Mdantsane urban hub The funding has been allocated under the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG) and a precinct plant, designed by the Urban Design Concept Company, was presented to National Treasury earlier this year by a delegation sent by the City. The City on Tuesday 16 August hosted the Mdantsane Urban Stakeholder (Highway) Workshop at Mdantsane Sun Hotel to engage as well as to let them know about the upgrade and development plans that are soon to happen in the CBD. Speaking at the delegates at the workshop, Project Manager from Urban Concept Designs Sopna Kumar- Nair said, “The urban upgrades will focus on expanding and consolidating the existing economic heart of the CBD through the creation of new anchors and facilities. It will also enhance existing streets and creating new tree-lined streets as well as space.” The upgrades will also include the creation of prominent and pedestrian-friendly gateways into the CBD as well as creating new higher density social housing and mixed uses on strategic sites and lastly open up access bottlenecks as well as creating a network of well-connected streets and spaces throughout the CBD. Kumar-Nair mentioned that additional funding will be available from National Treasury to initiate the implementation of the anticipated projects. “The historic, cultural and sporting significance of the hub is also acknowledged in the plan and various opportunities are identified for the further development of these,” adds Kumar-Nair. Acting HoD for Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) Neo Moerane said, “We want Mdantsane to be our pride and joy and that it will happen. After this session as entities we must go back and plan. Remember, this is also a concerted concept to deliver on the IDP budget.” She also emphasised that the Metro is all about township regeneration as well as boosting the economy. A resident from Mdantsane Anelisa Luwa said, “We are so happy that finally Mdantsane will receive the recognition it deserves as it is one the biggest township in South Africa. I am also pleased with the job creation the project will come with.” According to a Council Report a detailed study by Buffalo City Metro is on the cards to determine the exact capacity of existing infrastructure as well as the upgrade requirements in relation to water, sanitation, storm water, electricity and roads. New houses for Postdam elderly Ngxokela received a two bedroomed house early December to accommodate her and his grandchildren who have been living in a mud house for many years. The 42 square metre house will accommodate four children and two adults as Ngxokela is also looking after her grandchildren. Speaking about receiving the house Ngxokela said, “This is a dream come true for me. I have prayed for many years to be blessed with such a house.” Giving an overview of what the house is made of one of the contractors Corrie Nortje said, “The house is a two bedroom house, a kitchen, lounge and is made of blocks, sand, cement and tiles. It is also plastered inside and outside and also temporary electricity has been installed.” Adding to that Ward Councillor Veliwe Sakube said, “The houses came just in time for Christmas and it is going to be a very happy day for the elderly to be spending Christmas in their newly built houses.” At least 30 people received their housing units with seven being over 60 years of age. Possible Water Interruptions in Mdantsane and Surroundings This burst pipe has significantly reduced the bulk water supply to Mdantsane as a result the distribution reservoirs are critically low, which may lead to water interruptions in some of the areas, especially the high lying areas. The maintenance teams are onsite to do the repairs but it may take more than 12 hours to complete the repair due to the size of the water main and difficult site conditions, which are worsened by Izinyoka. Please inform the Cllrs/ Community and request the consumers to use water sparingly during this period to avoid water outages. This may affect Ilitha, Needscamp, Ncera villages up to Kaysersbeach as Amatola Water are currently sending all the water to Mdantsane. Mdantsane shows great support for Chippa Last year, a partnership between Buffalo City Metro and Chippa United football club was formed to bring top flight football into the City after years of not hosting football matches of Premier Soccer League calibre. This has reinvigorated the love of football in the city and has brought much needed recognition for both the City and Mdantsane. Chillie Boys, as the team is popularly known, entered into a deal with the City to bring five football matches to Buffalo City. However, the team has already played two of the matches against Highlands Park in December last year which they won by two goals to nil and played a one all draw against the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns in scintillating game despite the heavy pitch on 14 February. Other PSL clubs to descend to BCM shores are Golden Arrows on the 24 of February, Ajax Cape Town in March 15 and Bidvest Wits on the 6th of May all matches schedule for Sisa Dukashe Stadium. Leading into the game against Sundowns, the BCM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati welcomed the champions to the Metro by honouring the team on their achievement in the African continent. Speaking at the gala dinner held in Hemmingways, Pakati said,” We are here to celebrate with you the achievements that put our country on the continental map in the history of football.” The Chloorkop side won the Africa team of the year and their Head Coach Pitso Mosimane was awarded with the accolade of coach of the year in Africa. Pakati said ,”Your awards were not just compliments for job well done but a beacon of hope that all South Africans can be proud of, there for it feels me with pride to welcome and host the giants of African in Buffalo City.” Giving a reply Mosimane said he was humbled and honour by the gesture the City shown to him and his players. “This came as a surprise but it is always good to show humility when people with influence in the community say inspiring word about me.” “I am humbled and honoured to be acknowledged and be recognised by the municipality. We are grateful of the environment that has been created for us.” On the same week a supporter branch for the Greater East London was launched at the East London City Hall. Chippa United Head of Marketing and Communications Luthando ‘Trompies’ Zibeko said; “The launch of the Supporters Club here in East London is in line with our growth strategy, our theme for the season, Season of Growth. Chippa United is currently the fasted growing football brand in South Africa and we have to create an environment for the Club to launch more branches. The Greater East London Branch covers fans from Engcobo, Tsomo, Queenstown, Butterworth, Ngqamakwe, King Williams Town and Alice and fans can get hold of Chairperson, Bafo Nweba on 072 371 3858 or 078 156 0785 to enquire about membership. Tickets for all the games are available at Ticket Pro, Edgars, Jet and Jekwa Service Station for R40. Water Supply Interruptions The intermittent water supply also affects Ilitha, Berlin and it’s rural villages as Laing System combines with Mdantsane system at Damspot reservoir. The critical low reservoir levels in Mdantsane are expected to continue up to the end of February 2016, this may result in intermittent water supply in some of the Mdantsane areas especially Zone 13,14,15,16,17,18 and Potsdam Unit P. Consumers are therefore requested to conserve the little water that we have, repair their internal leaks and report any suspected municipal water leaks to the municipality at 043 705 9861 and 043 705 3150 after hours. Consumers are also advised to always keep at least 25 litres of water for emergency purposes and use the same water for washing dishes, bathing etc, if there is no interruption to the water supply. The municipality is doing everything possible to minimise the water interruptions until the problem is permanently resolved. The municipality is currently upgrading Mdantsane Pump station at Mzonyana Water Treatments Works, which will permanently resolve the water supply challenges to Mdantsane,Needscamp,Ncera villages, Kuni 1, Thembisa, Kayserbeach,Nkqonqweni,Mabaleni,Mncotsho and Ilitha Township. The upgrading of Mdantsane Pump Station project is expected to be completed in September 2016, which will avert the water challenges that we are currently experiencing. Consumers are requested to understand this predicament and assist the municipality during this period by using the following water saving tips to conserve water so that reservoir levels can be maintained to reasonable levels: INDOOR WATER SAVINGS TIPS Indoor water savings can lower water and wastewater (sewer) cost and energy cost too! Wash only full loads of laundry in your washing machine or full loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Turn the water off. Minimize faucet use when shaving, brushing teeth and washing dishes. Replace older bathroom faucet nozzles (aerators) with new ones that are rated at 6 liters. Shorten your shower by one minute. Cut back on your shower time and you will rack up big savings in water and energy. If you really want to try and save water, limit your shower time to five minutes or less. Also, install a water-saving showerhead that uses 9.5 liters per minute. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissue and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet. Take showers instead of baths. A bathtub holds up to 189 liters of water-much more than a normal shower would use. (A typical shower uses less than 76 liters). Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Check to see if your dishwasher can clean dishes without pre-rising them. Most newer dishwasher don’t require pre-rising. Reuse clean household water. Collect all the water that is wasted while waiting for the hot water to reach your faucet or showerhead. Use this to water your houseplants or outdoor planters. OUTDOOR WATER SAVINGS TIPS · Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Research has shown that an average of 8% (or more) of all home water use is wasted through leaks. Drippings faucets can be quickly identified and repaired but other leaks are less obvious. Testing for leaks is easy. For example, test for a leaking toilet by lifting the lid off the toilet tank and putting a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Wait a few minutes, and then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way there, you have a leak that needs repair. · Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing with water. · Cut back unnecessary watering. Get to know your plants. Trees, shrubs and perennials, if well-established and well-placed, need less water than newly planted areas. · Check for soil moisture before watering to be sure its time. Dig into the soil with a trowel a few inches. If it feels moist, holds off. · Water deeply, but infrequently. Wetting the soil surface without getting water to the root zone does no good for the plants. The goal is to keep root moist. But don’t over do it. After watering, check the soil to see if moisture has penetrated to the roots. Use what you learn to guide future watering. Then, let the top few inches of the soil dry out between watering so that the roots can breath. · Minimize evaporation loss by watering early in the day or late at night, and when the wind is calm. · Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering the street, driveway or sidewalks. Choose sprinklers with spray patterns that match the shape of your lawn or garden area. · Adjust watering to weather conditions and avoid watering when it rains. · Limit water periods by setting your kitchen timer to remind you when to turn the water off. · Mulch mow your lawn. Set your mower higher at 2-inches and leaving the clippings on the lawn. The clippings help retain moisture. This is also known as grass cycling. · Let your lawn go dormant. Consider letting your lawn go dormant. Water deeply only once a month to keep your lawn alive. To prevent runoff, you may need to water a short time, wait a few minutes, and then restart. Be sure to garget your water on areas that receive heavy foot traffic- since dormant grass can be damaged by heavy wear. EFFICIENT GARDEN WATERING TIPS · Repair leaky faucets, hoses and sprinklers to avoid water waste. · Add shut-off nozzles to your garden hose. Garden hoses can deliver over then liters a minute if left unattended. It all adds up! · Select the right watering system. Drip irrigation is the best way to water most planting except lawns. Drip systems apply water directly to the soil minimal evaporation or runoff. They also help prevent plant diseases and make watering gardens easier. Soaker hoses are another option if used correctly. · Use Automatic Sprinkler Systems Efficiently. Automatically controlled irrigation systems can make efficient watering easier, but they often waste large amounts of water due to improper scheduling or maintenance. Follow these smart-watering tips: o Adjust your watering schedule to track weather conditions at least once or twice a month o Install a rain shut-off to prevent watering during rainy periods. (for sources, check the phone directory business listing under irrigation Systems and Equipment.) o Inspect your system a few times each year while it is running. Look for and repair leaking or broken sprinklers, and reposition those that spray areas. o Hire an irrigation professional to test and adjust your system annually. · Mulch your planting beds. Mulch is a material spread on the soil surface to slow water evaporation loose. · Improve water penetration in lawn area. Help water reach lawn roots by aerating your lawn. · Improve your soil. Add compost throughout your planting areas to add nutrients and increase the soil’s ability to absorb and store water. · Pick low-water plants. When you buy plants, choose varieties that require less water for immediate beauty and future water savings. Like any newly planted plants, these plants will need routine water until they are established, which can be one to three years. · Group plants with similar water needs together. Good design avoids mixing plants that needs regular water with those that need little to no water. Ilitha wooden housing beneficiaries to get new homes Nothozamile Ngxaza said that she is grateful for the initiative after waiting for so many years for a decent house. “We have endured this for many years staying in depilated houses. It seems as if this was never going to happen but the Executive Mayor has confirmed that it will happen. I have lived in that wooden house for 35 years,” said Ngxaza. The depilated wooden structures which were built by the then government of the Ciskei will be demolished and replaced by 264 newly built housing units. The construction of the houses will start mid-November with a budget of R27 million set aside for the project. However, the project has been experiencing a lot of problems including the non-deliverance by the appointed contractor. Ward Councillor Thozamile Norexe said, “This project started in 2013 and should have been completed in 2014 but out of 262 houses only 132 houses have been built.” FRepresentative from the Metro's Human Settlements section Mthunzi Ngonyama said, “In Phase 2 we’re expecting 373 housing units but so far 273 have been done. The outstanding 100 will be completed when the newly appointed contractor starts with the construction of Phase 3.The first contractor was fired in June as a result of poor performance. Comments are closed.