THE long-awaited RDP housing project at Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay, took another step forward on Friday when Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August introduced the contractors set to complete the project.Contractors Malcolm and Theo Langson, of the Ikhaya Development Trust, were introduced at a public meeting to loud cheers. They have been awarded a two-year contract of R35-million to install internal services and build 220 houses at Pellsrus. At least 30% of the work is to be allocated to local contractors in order to boost local economic development. “The Pellsrus community has been waiting for these houses to be built for a long time,” the MEC said. “This is one of the projects I will be keeping a close eye on. My wish is for the project to be completed before my time as MEC comes to an end.”The MEC encouraged the community to help government eliminate corruption from housing projects.“Please help us to make sure that the right people are elected to represent you on the Project Steering Committee. We urge residents to refrain from trying to manipulate the list. While there can only be 220 beneficiaries for these 220 houses, there are other housing projects in pro-gress as well. If you are not one of the 220, you will be catered for in another project,” she said.She said the beneficiary list should ideally include 20% destitute families, 10% military veterans (if relevant), 10% youth and 2% disabled while preference will be given to the elderly for the remaining 58%.