‘Focus on getting done’

2015-11-03 06:00
The Heideveld housing project is gathering pace with new foundations already being laid after disruptions by the community were set aside. Here are (from left) Melane Siyabulela, Coetzee Ntotoviyane, Kayise Nombakuse, Mzuvukile Nikelo, Anthony Moses

The Heideveld housing project is gathering pace with new foundations already being laid after disruptions by the community were set aside. Here are (from left) Melane Siyabulela, Coetzee Ntotoviyane, Kayise Nombakuse, Mzuvukile Nikelo, Anthony Moses

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The ongoing saga in the progress of the Heideveld housing project has taken another twist, with disruptions at the Katberg Road site put to a halt.

Now work on the first site in Katberg Road has gathered pace in recent weeks and fifty of the 738 houses are set to be completed before the end of the year.

People’s Post has reported extensively on the progress of the project. A group of residents, led by Isaac de Jongh, had been staging community meetings and gathering outside the Mellon Housing Initiative’s (MHI) site office to hand over grievances.

This has been nipped in the bud by Anthony Moses, ward councillor for the area.

“There is a legal process in place against the people who have disrupted the site. The City has basically asked for a court order against them,” he says.

“On site A, they are busy with 30 houses. Also on A we are doing the trenches for the next 20 houses,” says Moses.

“The subcouncil visited all the sites on Friday (last week) to inspect that everything is up and running and to deal with any challenges if they exist.

“We are just waiting for the legal process to work itself out, especially in relation to the delays which were caused.”

Moses confirms that plans for the other two sites earmarked for development in Heideveld will be unveiled in coming months.

“We are busy sorting out further plans for sites B and C, but it should be rolling like a steamroller through those sites in the coming months,” he says.

De Jongh has questioned the legality of MHI’s involvement, after the construction tender was awarded to it a year ago.

Moses says De Jongh has been told why the City has followed certain processes he questioned and that he simply won’t accept the reasoning behind them. 

“These memorandums which he (De Jongh) has been issuing have been answered in the project steering committee meeting and it seems he doesn’t want to accept that,” Moses says.
He says he could not meet with community members when they demanded as he was in a City council meeting.
He has lauded the community for allowing MHI to carry on with its work. The main objective is to ensure that every registered beneficiary moves into a home of his own, he says.
“They have stopped now for a while. If it is going to happen further, at least we have been progressing.
“The importance for me is that we want to deliver the houses to the people. That is the basic thing that I want to do.
“There are people sitting with issues of subtenancy and backyarder problems and the social ills that go with it. This is being done to alleviate these people with the challenge that they are going through. I focus more on getting the houses done; that is the simple thing for me, because then we can start moving people in.”

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