Bay housing projects win awards

2015-06-03 06:00
Mr W Moss receives the Best Contractor award.

Mr W Moss receives the Best Contractor award. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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HUMAN Settlements Department projects implemented in Nelson Mandela Bay received accolades at the Eastern Cape provincial Govan Mbeki Awards function held recently.

Anathi Ridge won the award for best contractor for building non-subsidy houses in South End. It is an integrated residential complex built through a public-private partnership between the department and Anathi Property Developments.

The complex includes flats, cluster houses and a retirement village for the benefit of the upper-middle-class market for sale and rental purposes. In 2008, the department entered into a land availability agreement and a service level agreement with Anathi Property Developments for the development and building of houses in line with the department’s land acquisition programme.

The Fairview social housing project, implemented and developed by Imizi Social Housing, won the award for the best social housing project in the province. The project provides affordable rental accommodation to middle-income households earning between R1 500 and R7 500. The development also makes provision for an internal courtyard with parking, a grassed playing area, a crèche, refuse collection, a drying yard and ablution facilities.

The purpose of the awards is to showcase work done by the department with special emphasis on its programmes, promoting best practice in the delivery of the core mandate, which includes accelerating housing opportunities, providing access to basic services, improving the property market and making efficient use state land.

The purpose of the Govan Mbeki Awards is also to promote and inculcate a culture of excellence in the human settlement sector in the delivery of quality human settlements and dignity for South Africans.

“I congratulate all the winners who will proceed to compete with other provinces at the national awards. We are still beaming with pride after our success in the national awards last year when some of our projects were recognised as a cut above the rest of the country,” Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August said. – REPORTER

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