Housing project delays explained

2015-07-02 06:00

HIBISCUS Coast Municipality has said the KwaMasinenge Housing project delays are due to the fact that the project is a special agreement between the municipality and the Department of Human Settlements as well as a summation of three challenges.

These include late variation allowances calculations after which 30 sites were revealed to have been lost, the late commencement of construction as well as a 14-month administrative delay from Ugu district municipality in terms of a sewerage system for the project.

Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, HCM mayor Nomusa Mqwebu said to understand the delays that have led the KwaMasinenge Housing Project, patrons­ would have to view the project in the broader context of the millennium development goals set in conjunction with the National Department of Human Settlement.

“The KwaMasinenge housing project was to be aligned with the enhancements to the national norms and standards,” said Mqwebu. These enhancements she said placed the current project value at R155 388 701.28 up from its initial R76 471 796.00.

Moreover, further to the “technical details” HCM said an “aesthetic” aspect to the project had to be taken into account. “It should be noted that the KwaMasinenge housing project is therefore a special project as it will be the first project within the context of the “Eradication of Informal Settlements Programme” to introduce multiple storey buildings.” said Mqwebu.

The project promises to house over 4000 people currently residing in the KwaMasinenge slums. Construction is expected to be completed by June 2017, electrical connection was by June 2015 and sewerage connection by August.



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