Sisulu praises private sector investors supporting the Cornubia National Presidential Project
Cornubia, Durban, 22 August 2015: The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, MP has told stakeholders that massive support by international property investor, Investec Property to build 85 000M2 shopping center at the Cornubia National Presidential Project demonstrates that integrated human settlements must take a lead in economic development and a vote of confidence on the Breaking New Ground policy approved by Cabinet in 2004.
The Minister informed stakeholders during her visit that Curnobia is a National Pilot project of the Breaking New Ground policy launched in 2008 and the progress made indicates that South Africa is embracing integrated human settlements.
The project is located over 1300 hectors of land connecting the King Shaka International Airport and Umhlanga area. The project will deliver close to 30 000 housing units and providing shelter to over 100 000 people.
"We are building a new city here, where our poor people will stay close to the industries and malls. This is our way to the future and l call on all Government Departments to support this project with all amenities from schools to recreational facilities such as parks", said Sisulu.
"This project is very close to my heart, it demonstrates what we as a nation can achieve when we partner with business and investors. l call on all involved to stay focussed and work very fast to achieve all the 30 000 units projected" added Sisulu.
The Minister also added that the project must also be used to train young people as part of the national youth brigade and military veterans must be involved in the project. According to the Minister military veterans can be trained in construction skills and take part in building of their own houses.
Minister Sisulu requested KwaZulu Natal Human Settlements MEC, Mr Ravi Pillay, MPL to take 100 young people and train them in construction skills to be part of the project.
The Minister noted that private investors like Blindsmart, Bidvest, Cargo compass, Redefine, Zenprop have already invested in the project.
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Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements