Coega improves lives of communities in metro and EC

2016-03-23 06:00

THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is through its various projects improving the quality of life for millions of people across the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) and Eastern Cape at large.

More than six million people are positively affected by the CDC’s various projects in the IDZ and across the various districts of the EC.

“Outside the Coega IDZ, the organisation continues to use the professionals and experts that delivered the first phase of the Coega Industrial Development Zone on time and on budget to assist the provincial government with the planning and management of projects throughout the province,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing and communications.

Specifically, in the NMBM, the CDC is resurfacing some 5.9 kilometres of gravel roads in various areas.

“The programme is part of the government’s service delivery initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of the people by providing proper infrastructure which improves access to schools, clinics and other important services.”

The CDC, as an implementing agent on this mega project, has provided opportunities to eight local contractors - Enzel Civils, Andile Truck Hire and Civils, SJW Civils, Mawethu Civils, Soyama/Loppsy JV, Blazingo Trading, Khayelihle Trading and Masakeni Construction, thereby creating 358 construction jobs. The overall progress is now at 85% complete.

“We have structured the programmes in such a way as to provide opportunities for emerging companies,” says Vilakazi.

In addition, the CDC is managing the bucket eradication programmes in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The areas serviced are located throughout the metropolitan area, and consist mainly of informal settlements, where bucket services are still being used.

According to Dr Vilakazi, the CDC’s skilled engineers are working hard at overcoming challenges related to the bucket system to ensure that the allocated units in the informal settlements are connected to the water borne sewer system for immediate use by these beneficiaries.

The CDC is also involved as an implementing agent in the refurbishment, upgrading, and/or construction of many public facilities throughout the EC and SA.

In the EC, the CDC is busy with the refurbishment and upgrading many hospitals. These include the Cecilia Makiwane (Mdantsane), Frere (East London), Mjanyana (Ngcobo), Nessi Knight (Qumbu), Marjorie Parrish (Port Alfred), Jose Pearson (Port Elizabeth), Frontier (Queenstown), Dora Nginza (Port Elizabeth), St Barnabas (Port St. Johns) and St Lucy’s (Tsolo) hospitals.

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