Cornubia is a bold undertaking by both Tongaat Hulett and eThekwini Municipality and sets out the commitment to the national ideals, as well as defining and creating benchmarks for similar initiatives. The Project aims to apply, leverage, assemble, and systematically align multiple institutional, financial, human and managerial resources, in a creative and innovative manner, covering aspects such as informal settlement eradication, inter-and intra-settlement integration, urban restructuring and renewal, densification, tenure diversification, improved settlement design, better quality shelter, poverty eradication, and greater responsiveness to livelihood strategies. These are key components of Cornubia and relate directly to the strategic activities of Government, its constitutional obligations and the priorities of creating a better life for all. The very nature of the Cornubia project is of a highly integrated and collective effort.

The purpose of the Cornubia project is to comprehensively address the housing and development needs of identified communities located in informal settlements, in such a way that individual and household livelihoods are enhanced, that people are housed in habitable, affordable, and sustainable housing, and that the City is improved through urban renewal, regeneration, and social and economic development.

The project is a component of a focused national realigned housing plan, geared toward meeting rapid delivery, whilst retaining core elements of sustainability, quality and integrity, thus forming an integral part of Government’s re-energised commitment to sustainability, empowerment, expansive citizenship, the restoration of human dignity and poverty alleviation. Government views arresting the growth of informal settlements and upgrading existing informal settlements are central to the realisation of these commitments. Driven by this conviction, Government is spearheading its multi-pronged human settlement strategy by strengthening the partnerships between all spheres of government, as well as the capacity, and expertise of private sector. Cornubia can therefore be seen as a lead or pilot project in this regard.