KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, says government has put in place a practical plan to move those affected by the floods out of community care centres by the end of November 2022.
Giving a progress report on interventions and recovery since the April/May flood disaster in the province, Dube-Ncube revealed that the number of community care centres has been reduced from 135 to 80.
“As was announced, the national Department of Human Settlements has since granted a total amount of R325 764 000 to the provincial department, from the Provincial Emergency Housing Grant, for the provision of emergency housing solutions.
“This has enabled the delivery of Temporary Residential Units (TRUs), which currently stand at 1 315 units provincially. Out of the 1 315 TRUs complete to date, 1 202 have been occupied, leaving 113 unoccupied,” she said.
The Premier added that while all the remaining 80 shelters have now been linked to land parcels, the land parcels are at different stages of readiness.
“We appreciate the approval of the Rental Assistance Scheme and Temporary Residential Accommodation, which will help us achieve the eradication of all mass care centres,” Dube-Ncube pointed out.
She said the plan to get people out of community care centres going forward will include eight land parcels, which include cotton lands that are at site clearance stage with 1 064 TRUs; and the acquisition of La Mercy land, which is now at an advanced stage, with all the necessary approvals being secured and sale agreements being circulated.
A specialised technical team has been established to focus on the programme of getting people out of community care centres and to do all mop up operations.