Housing list withdrawn, not scrapped

2015-09-10 06:00

THE housing list for RDP houses in Humansdorp has been temporarily withdrawn and will be tabled once again to the Kouga Municipal Council in time to come.

This is according to Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas.

“Portfolio Councillor of Infrastructure, Planning and Development councillor Patrick Kota recommended to Council the withdrawal in order to comply with certain legislative requirements, as well as consultative processes before Council could approve the list. The same process was followed in respect of the other two projects, but not with the 391 houses planned for Kruisfontein,” says Kettledas.

“Once the process is done, the item will be tabled once again to Council.”

Kota explained that before the lists for the 220 houses for Pellsrus and the 1 500 houses Ocean View were finalised for tabling before Council, meetings between the Portfolio Councillor, the Housing Project Steering Committees and the ward councillors of the affected wards were held to iron out some concerns and to ensure that everyone clearly understood the process of allocation.

“This kind of meeting is still outstanding between the mentioned groups and the ward councillors of Wards 4 and 5. This was explained to both councillors in the said Council meeting, but it appears they did not understand or agree with this detail. The meeting is meant to take place before the end of September,” says Kettledas.

“The procurement process for the construction of the 391 houses in Kruisfontein is already under way by the Department of Human Settlements, with the tender having closed on July 3. The technical evaluation is in progress and we are looking forward to Bid Evaluation and Bid Adjudication processes.

“The above should clarify that the withdrawal of the beneficiary lists, temporarily we might add, does not amount to halting or delaying the process of construction. The lists will, in any case, go back to Council for adoption once finalised.”

According to Kettledas, the municipality has thus far displayed commitment to deli-very of houses for all its communities, in particular Kruisfontein where the 391 units would only be a first phase of a bigger project, with 139 and 2 109 housing units to be built for Arcadia and Kruisfontein respectively.

“We are committed to deliver these in line with national regulations and standards. To unlock the other two phases, the municipality is busy with the construction of an Outfall Sewer Plant with R8,4 million being spent on this project and an upgrade of the Kruisfontein Waste Water Treatment Works at R64 million,” she says.

“The communities of Kruisfontein are aware of these projects and what they are intended for. So, there will be houses for Humansdorp, 391 in the immediate future and a further 2109 in the following phases.”

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