Housing delivery in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality got a boost
with the gazetting of an additional R500 million by National Treasury to speed up the
provision of sustainable human settlements in the city.
additional funding is aimed at bolstering the work of Human Settlements Minister
Lindiwe Sisulu’s Cabinet sanctioned intervention team in the municipality and
its availability will seriously help ease the inadequacy of suitable housing in
the Eastern Cape Province.
"Cabinet took a decision to intervene in the municipality with the
sole purpose of stabilising the institution and up-scaling housing delivery.
These extra funds are a demonstration of Government's commitment to develop the
municipality and improve the lives of the citizens of the Metro," said Human
Settlements’ Director-General Mbulelo Tshangana.
Ministerial Intervention Team led by Acting Executive Director for Human
Settlements in Nelson Mandela Bay, Mandla Mabuza, had as one of its priorities,
the stabilisation of the revolving fund, which is a bridging finance mechanism
used by the metro to pay contractors whilst awaiting payment from
total of R146 million of these funds would be used to reduce the revolving fund which
is currently standing at R341m. The fund would be reduced in the next few months
with the sole purpose of closing it in the medium term.
Metro would also receive an additional R83 million to deliver 803 houses in Rosedale; 187 in Tyreville (Uitenhage) ; Wells
Estate 603; Motherwell NU 29; and Joe Slovo Uitenhage by the end of the current
Development Agency (HDA) will receive R122 million to deliver 921 houses in Chatty
1060; Sisulu Village; Joe Slovo West; Chatty 491; Soweto-on-Sea and
On the other
hand, the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements would be allocated an
additional R48 million for value created in building Multi-Purpose Community Centres in
Motherwell and KwaLanga; social housing project in Willowdene and a housing project
in Motherwell 1262, among others, before the end of the current financial
province would also use the balance of R100 million to cover commitments outside Nelson
now onwards, Nelson Mandela Bay is going to be a construction site that should
see the benefits being felt by the citizens of the area. We managed to
stabilise the housing department in the few months we have been there and its
now all systems go,” said Tshangana, the new Director-General for the National
Department of Human Settlements.
Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements. For more information please contact Xolani Xundu at 083 788 5747.