eThekwini is working on a durable solution for displaced flood victims

Deputy Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Philani Mavundla, said the city was in talks with the Human Settlements MEC, Jomo Sibiya, to find a durable solution to the challenges faced by displaced flood victims.

Mavundla was speaking to around 40 people who claim to be displaced flood victims from various temporary shelters in eThekwini.

The victims staged a sit-in at Durban Town Hall on Monday to voice their concerns.

Mavundla explained to the victims the support provided by the municipality to the shelters and described the challenges and the processes involved in relocating displaced flood victims to safer homes.

He said that since the April floods, the municipality has provided a range of support services to people living in temporary shelters. These include hot meals, blankets, mattresses, medical services and hygiene kits.

“In conjunction with the Home Office, identity documents have been provided to enable families to access other government support interventions, such as grants and pensions. It is important to note that the municipality is in the process of identifying suitable land for the construction of houses.In some areas, this process is at an advanced stage.

“We understand the plight of those living in shelters. We also understand the urgency of relocating them to safe houses. We are already in discussion with the MEC for Human Settlements, Jomo Sibiya, to find a durable solution to this challenge,” Mavundla said. .

He said city officials are currently profiling protesters to establish if they are indeed flood victims and to determine what kind of assistance they need.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)