MONTCLAIR - Resettling the April and May floods displacees to permanent shelter remains the priority of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements.
MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba said this on Wednesday during an inspection-in-loco of the Transnet owned Montclair Lodge, south of Durban.
The Transnet housing establishment has been earmarked for possible use to temporarily house floods displacees whilst waiting for permanent houses.
The Montclair Lodge hogged news headlines recently when floods displacees from Yellowwood Park Civic Centre and Tehuis Hostel in uMlaza invaded the Lodge and took refugee there for almost three weeks.
The State Owned Rail Freight Logistics entity had to resort to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sitting in Durban to secure an eviction order to remove the invading floods victims to vacate the Transnet facility.
During today's visit, MEC Mahlaba met Transnet Property Division management at Montclair and was taken on a site tour of the facility and shown the single room apartments, the laundry room, the bathing and ablution facilities, the gym, and kitchen and dining facilities.
MEC Mahlaba said he was satisfied with the Montclair facility as it was conduicive to humanitarian resettling of floods victims to a decent shelter.