LEPHALALE — Since the start of the Eskom Medupi Power Station Project, Eskom has been involved in many Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects.
One of these projects is the renovation and appropriation of the Lombard Flats in Kerk Street in Lephalale to accommodate lecturers from the TVET College in Lephalale.
The principal of TVET College, Mr Lekau Mamabolo, approached Medupi Project Director, Phillip Dukashe, after facing many challenges of lecturers leaving the college due to them struggling to get affordable accommodation and the request was forwarded to Eskom’s Facilities Department, led by Nthabiseng.
Eskom started assisting with prefab accommodation at Extension 30 around September 2017, but it was still inefficient. Only six single bedrooms and four double bedrooms could be provided.
The Lombard Flats were built in 2007 to accommodate Medupi employees, but there were certain defects in the infrastructure of the building. The building was vacant since 2011 and when the college enquired about accommodation Eskom decided to renovate the structure.
The project started in February 2018 and at the time of going to print, the 18 two bedroom flats were fully occupied.
The rent for a Lombard flat is R1 800 per month; Rent for a single facility at Extention 30 in Onverwacht is R1 200 and R800 per person for sharing.
The comparative market for similar accommodation would be around R5 500 per flat, but exact market value can be evaluated differently.
A total of 30 lecturers of Lephalale TVET College are being accommodated by Eskom. 18 at Lombard Flats, six in the single facilities at Extention 30 and six in the double facilities at Extention 30.
The lecturers and management from TVET College say they are grateful for the assistance from Eskom.