Big housing project for city

2013-06-25 00:00

THE Msunduzi Housing Association (MHA) will be embarking on one of its biggest projects in the city; with the construction of 952 rental housing units in the Westgate/Grange area at a cost of over R300 million.

The Msunduzi Municipality donated land for the project and the transfer has since been completed.

MHA CEO Ivor Caldecott said they were currently in the process of appointing contractors for the project.

The MHA is a private non-profit company engaged in social housing. Board chairperson Sanjay Harrilall said the development was huge news for Pietermaritzburg as it was a substantial capital investment in the city. It was also a notable achievement for MHA that would more than double its rental housing stock. The association currently runs housing units in Scottsville, Acacia Park, Prestbury and Signal Hill.

Caldecott said the latest development will consist of face-brick-based units in three-storey high buildings. There will be 287 units in the complex, which will cater for households earning up to R3 500 and the balance of 665 will be for families with an income of around R7 500 per month.

“The site was about 14 hectares in extent and will have large open spaces and play areas,” Caldecott added.

He said that a community hall to house a crèche was planned, and the development will also boast a full- sized football pitch which will effectively divide the development into two “villages”. Each village will have its own dedicated entrance.

Grant funding for the development will come from the KZN Department of Human Settlements and the Social Housing Regulatory Authority and a loan from the National Housing Finance Corporation.

Caldecott said the project is expected to be completed by 2016 and will be a job creation boon to the city. It will create around 500 unskilled jobs during construction. Once operational it will create full-time permanent employment for six general workers, six security guards, three housing supervisors, an administrative assistant, a client liaison officer, two rental administrators and a full-time project/asset manager.

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An artist’s impression of the 952-unit rental housing development that is to be built in the Westgate/Grange area. Construction will be completed by 2016.

msunduzi housing association: 952-unit rental development on cards

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