East Cape to spend R2.3bn on housing

EASTERN Cape Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August announced in her departmental budget and policy speech this week that R2.297-billion would be spent on housing, with several projects earmarked for Nelson Mandela Bay.

Delivering her speech in the Bhisho provincial legislature on Tuesday, Sauls-August said 92.62% of the provincial budget would be spent on housing development, 6.14% on administration, 0.79% on housing needs, research and planning and 0.45% on housing asset management.

She said areas like Fairview, Parsons Vlei and Chatty would benefit from a slice of the budget pie allocated for 2015-16.

“Plans for mixed-mode development are progressing well in North Crest and Parsons Vlei.

“The land parcel in Parsons Vlei earmarked for de-densification of Helenvale will be awarded to a developer with strict conditions to comply with mixed-mode development.

“For military veterans, three projects will be implemented this financial year – in O R Tambo [district] 57 units, Chatty 68 units and Lukhanji 200 units for approved beneficiaries.

“On social housing for middleincome earners, 368 rental units will be built in Fairview Link, Nelson Mandela [Bay],” Sauls-August said.

Mixed mode refers to types of housing – the rural housing programme (RDP houses) and social housing programmes (Walmer and Fairview Link).

She said her department would upgrade at least 20 informal settlements in the Buffalo City, Nelson Mandela Bay, Kouga, Amahlathi, King Sabatha Dalindyebo, Elundini, Mhlontlo, Mnquma and Maletswai municipalities.

Sauls-August said 17 000 job opportunities would be created in 2015-16. Most of the employees would be from the Eastern Cape.

She said her department had met its target of building 12 979 housing units during 2014-15.

-Tremaine van Aardt

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