RESIDENTS of Willowdale Farm, 13 km outside of Kokstad, were overjoyed when a new housing project was introduced to them by Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor Bheki Mtolo at a sod turning event held in the area on Wednesday, November 14.Excavators have started digging land with the aim of constructing 83 brand new houses. The project is expected to take 16 months to complete.Residents have been staying in the area for many years without access to clean running water, electricity or proper housing. At the event, Mtolo introduced Leo’s Projects as the contractor in charge of building the units, saying: “The contractor was hired to build Franklin houses in 2012, and the houses are well-built. We want quality work.”Mtolo called on residents to take care of their houses and to respect local by-laws, saying: “Residents will only be allowed to have a limited number of dogs, provided they have dog licences. “To reduce crime, there must be no taverns in the area. We want development centres to capacitate the community with skills and opportunities.”He also advised residents not to sell the houses, saying that government is spending lots of money building homes for poor communities. Resident Nomvelo Jali (65) said she has been living in the area for over 30 years and life has been difficult.“I have been praying for government to provide houses because it is not safe to live in a mud structure,” she said.Another resident, Nokuzola Nzimande, thanked the municipality for the project, saying life will change for the better. Greater Kokstad Municipality Deputy Mayor Karen Walker has asked residents to work effectively with the contractor to complete the houses on time.