5 000 new houses


LEPHALALE — As part of Lephalale Local Municipality’s commitment towards addressing housing backlogs in Lephalale and its vision for establishing integrated human settlements, the Municipality met with newly appointed contactors for the long awaited Joe Slovo housing development on Wednesday 11 May. The contractors were introduced to the Mayor of Lephalale, Cllr. M J Maeko, Councillors and LLM Management by the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) as well as the Housing Development Agency (HDA).
The R270 million project will see approximately 5 000 mixed income housing units established on the farm Altoostyd next to Onverwacht. The aim of the project is to integrate housing and to provide low to middle income residents with an opportunity to own or rent homes close to the CBD. The initiative will go a long way towards formalizing housing in the Lephalale area.
The Mayor of Lephalale reminded the gathering of the important role that Joe Slovo played in establishing a democratic South Africa especially as the first Minister of Housing in the democratically elected government of former President Nelson Mandela. “As part of his legacy, let us build the Joe Slovo settlement to honour this struggle hero and to ensure that residents of Lephalale have decent homes to live in.”
The first phase of the project will entail the erecting of overhead electrical lines as well as short bulk connections with bulk services such as water and sanitation. The contractors will start on the eastern side of the property and the first phase should be completed by September 2016.
The Mayor reminded the contractors of their commitment towards employing local residents. “This project must in the end benefit not only the future home owners but also local labour and especially those who were previously disadvantaged. He requested that at least 25% of procurement should be done locally, benefiting local SMME’s and black owned companies.

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