Housing projects take step in right direction

2016-05-05 06:00
Informing residents of Kruisfontein and Ocean View about the housing projects in the area, are (from left) Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Virginia Camealio-Benjamin; Infrastructure, Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota; Vasu Padayachy from Bendolite Consortium in Kruisfontein; Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August; Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas and Speaker Magdalene Dlomo.                    Photo: SUPPLIED

Informing residents of Kruisfontein and Ocean View about the housing projects in the area, are (from left) Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Virginia Camealio-Benjamin; Infrastructure, Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota; Vasu Padayachy from Bendolite Consortium in Kruisfontein; Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August; Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas and Speaker Magdalene Dlomo. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE long-awaited housing developments in Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay took major steps towards realisation with the announcement of two contractors by the Human Settlements Member of the Executive Council, Helen Sauls-August, on Friday.

Bendolite Consortium was appointed to do the internal services and the construction of 391 homes at Kruisfontein in Humansdorp, while Jade Africa will be responsible for the internal services for the project of 1 500 homes in Ocean View, Jeffreys Bay.

The contractors were unveiled at two public meetings that respectively took place at the Kruisfontein Civic Hall and Pellsrus Community Hall.

“We are confident that these developments will not just bring houses, but a necessary economic injection through jobs and sub-contracting,” said Sauls-August.

She said contractors were expected to make use of at least 30% local labour.

Sauls-August added that the priority in terms of house allocation will go towards elderly people, who have never benefited from government housing subsidies.

“We ask that our young people be patient, as it is unacceptable that older people wait for so many years in limbo while government delivers houses.

“We will furthermore focus on the disabled, military veterans, the destitute and the long-time backyard shack dwellers.”

Young people are not to be despondent though as 10% of the houses to be constructed will be allocated to them.

The Humansdorp project, worth R66 million, will commence in May and is expected to be completed within 24 months. The R63 million Jeffreys Bay housing project, is set to start this month and be completed in May next year.

The green light for these projects follows the successful completion of a number of bulk infrastructure projects in and around Kouga to the tune of R113,65 of which R97,2 was channelled towards the projects in Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay. The funds were made available by the Department of Human Settlement.

The bulk infrastructure was necessary to unlock the construction of houses, which could thus far not be realised due to national regulations.

Kouga Executive Mayor thanked the community for being patient throughout the process despite the daily difficulties they experienced.

“We have been with you every step of the way. Through all the phases we have been reporting back to you how far we are. Things have not always been easy, but you gave us the time we needed and today we are happy to be part of the good news,” she said.

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