Housing contractors rewarded

2017-06-01 06:00
Human Settlement MEC with Riana Tiry, subcouncil chair Malusi Blom, councillor Bathembu Thembile with local youth that benefited from skills development during Bardale Housing Development Project. PHOTO: Mandla Mahaashe

Human Settlement MEC with Riana Tiry, subcouncil chair Malusi Blom, councillor Bathembu Thembile with local youth that benefited from skills development during Bardale Housing Development Project. PHOTO: Mandla Mahaashe

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Emerging contractors and the young people who obtained skills training during the recent Bardale Housing Development were celebrated on Friday.

The provincial MEC for human Settlement Bonginkosi Madikizela honoured these groups during an event which also included the handing over of RDP homes.

The Bardale project aims to build 2000 homes to the value of R246 million with business opportunities and skills training for locals, a key cornerstone.

There were 20 emerging contractors who have carried out work and there was the Youth Brigade Programme.

This programme provided construction skills and work placement opportunities.

Addressing the community, Madikizela said the project was not just about putting the roof over the heads of residents.

“It is important to note that this project is empowering the community with skills training and giving access to business. We are taking people out of shacks into quality homes that they can be proud of.

We build homes not just house but what is more important is that we contributed to youth employment opportunities,” he said.

He continued his much spoken about sentiment that RDP homes should not be allocated to young people but rather job opportunities.

“Young people must be given skills and work so that they can work and buy their own homes.

We can be giving houses to people who are able to work,” he said.

He also noted how important it was for the locals to also get business opportunities and that they have not disappointed with the quality of the work.

“I would like to encourage the young people to make good use of this opportunities. We also want to see the people that have started businesses and benefited from this project to also benefit in other developments by the department,” he said.

Thenjiswa Mjoli, resident said that they were grateful for the projects as they were entrusted to do some work in the development.

“It was not easy but it was worth it as the subcontractors were people form the community. These people delivered quality wor k on time.

Although the whole project was a challenge, and there were many difficulties but we as a community came out a strong family,” she said.

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