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About 80,000 houses and 52 wards in the eThekwini district of Durban in South Africa that did not have residential addresses will soon have street names and house numbers. Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba announced this at the launch of the Township Address Project in Ntuzuma this week. The new system will use sequential numbers, street names and suburb or town names. Communities will be able to receive more efficient services like electricity, water, sanitation and development planning from the eThekwini municipality. Durban City Manager Michael Sutcliffe said: “This project will give communities a sense of belonging. We want to ensure all our people have an address by the end of this financial year (June 2006).” The eThekwini municipality’s GIS department together with other key departments have begun to install street names and numbers in these areas as a pilot project.