Durban's mayor wants the city to build 10 000 houses a year, increasing to 20 000 a year in coming years.
Mayor James Nxumalo has been delivering the city's budget at the ICC.
He has told the council that measures for informal settlements remain a top priority for the city.
Nxumalo also announced the tariff increases for the 2013/2014 financial year.
The rising price of water is likely to be a key concern for Durbanites over the next year. It will go up by 9.5% for homes and 12.5 for businesses.
The city has managed to contain the electricity place however, with the figures coming in below inflation at 5.5%.
Rates will go up by 6.9% across the board and properties valued up to R185 000 will be exempt from paying rates.
Pensioners, child headed households, disability grantees and medically boarded people are exempt from paying rates on the first R460 000 of the value of their home.
The first R30 000 of vacant land has also been exempt from rates.
The mayor's speech follows a bit of drama in council earlier when the DA's Warwick Chapman was escorted out of the meeting.
According to witnesses Chapman had refused to apologise for trying to interject with a point during a debate.
- Thrishni Subramoney