We also urge the officials involved and relevant local authority to speed-up this process and keep Walmer township residents informed of the period it would take to deliver those houses.
Over-and-above this, we also support the move to identify more suitable land which the council owns already and which would cost less to develop. An example is the controversial Madiba Bay resort land which is now linked to the Kabuso forensic report.
Our view is that our metro should also develop this land for housing purposes and help clear this ever-growing waiting-list of RDP houses.
The DA has been at the forefront of highlighting the enormous backlog of about 90,000 units in providing houses to the poor and discrepancies of the waiting list system which has not been transparent.
At the moment, this ANC led metro listens to those communities that burn tires and destroy properties in protest for houses.
Communities have increasingly become very agitated and impatient to wait. More-over they are kept in the dark or given unfulfilled promises to this end.
Provisioning of houses by the government is a very complex problem and requires proactive and multifaceted strategies to address the concerns of our residents.
That is why the DA has emphatically supported a very comprehensive and collaborative plan for provisioning of houses in the metro, which was tabled at our last council meeting this year.
Amongst other things this plan calls for public-private-partnership of shared development, identifying possible land for new settlements, social housing, etc.
The DA will continue to champion issues that affect all residents of this metro, including the Walmer township residents.
Cllr Knight Mali