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Housing contractors appointed

29 April 2016
Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas (left) helps Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August turn the soil at the construction site at Kruisfontein.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas (left) helps Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August turn the soil at the construction site at Kruisfontein.

Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August (third right) introduces Vasu Padayachy from Bendolite Consortium in Kruisfontein. With them are (from left) Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Virginia Camealio-Benjamin, Infrastructure, Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota, Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas and Speaker Magdalene Dlomo.

Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August (third right) introduces Vasu Padayachy from Bendolite Consortium in Kruisfontein. With them are (from left) Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Virginia Camealio-Benjamin, Infrastructure, Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Patrick Kota, Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas and Speaker Magdalene Dlomo.

The long-awaited housing developments in Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay took major steps towards realisation with the introduction of two contractors by Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August on Friday, 29 April.

Bendolite Consortium was appointed to do internal services and the construction of 391 homes in Kruisfontein, Humansdorp, while Jade Africa will be doing internal services for the project of 1500 homes in Ocean View, Jeffreys Bay.

The contractors were announced at two public meetings at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre and Pellsrus Community Hall respectively.

Addressing the communities, Sauls-August said the government was responding to the call by the Freedom Charter that “there shall be houses, security and comfort”.

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

She said contractors were expected to make use of at least 30% local labour but could actually go much higher than that percentage.

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

“We ask that our young people be patient with us, as it cannot be acceptable that older people wait for so many years in limbo. We will also be focusing on the disabled, military veterans, the destitute and long-time backyard shack dwellers,” she added.

Young people are not to be despondent though, as 10% of the houses would be allocated towards this group, she said.

The Humansdorp project, worth R66 million, will commence in May and is expected to take 24 months, while the Jeffreys Bay project, worth R63 million, will also run from May and has a timeframe of a year.

The commencement of the projects come after recent successful completions of a number of bulk projects around Kouga where the Department of Human Settlement injected R113, 65 million, with R97,2 million going towards the Humansdorp and the Jeffreys Bay projects.

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 having been 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 on how far we were.  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.