1500 houses to be built in Driefontein

2016-06-22 06:00
KwaDukuza mayor seen at the sod turning. Photo: supplied

KwaDukuza mayor seen at the sod turning. Photo: supplied

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KWADUKUZA Mayor Ricardo Mthembu officiated over the commencement of the long awaited Driefontein Housing Project on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.

At a cost of R10 million the project will take two years and once complete, it will provide 1500 houses to over 6 000 people in the area.

Mthembu said beneficiaries that will be prioritised are the elderly and child headed homes.

He said a committee has been established to oversee the project, and this committee would accept complaints or queries the community might have and communicate these to the relevant stakeholders.

The committee will also be responsible for the employment process to ensure that it is transparent and fair, said the mayor.

He said locals will get first preference when it comes to employment with outsourcing only being necessary when the needed skills cannot be offered by residents.

He said women and youth should benefit from the project, advising the latter group, especially those with a minimal education, to ensure that they upskill themselves during the course of the construction.

Mthembu made it clear to community members in attendance that the project is part of the municipality’s development and service delivery plan and has nothing to do with matters related to politics.

He emphasised his point by stating that beneficiaries would be individuals with differing political views and people who are members or supporters of various parties.

The mayor urged the community to refrain from causing delays to the project, but rather keep a close eye on the progress made and work in partnership with the municipality, contractor and other relevant stakeholders.

The launch of the project was in a sense a tribute to the late Preva Khumalo who was a ward councillor in the area and leading champion of the housing project, said the mayor.

Khumalo’s family are also beneficiaries from this project.

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