Com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit from OR Tambo projects

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

Res­i­dents in OR Tambo’s home vil­lage of Nkan­tolo in the Eastern Cape have much to cel­e­brate as the late stal­wart’s cen­te­nary year has brought about pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments.

The provin­cial Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ment has rolled out a hous­ing project of 1 000 houses, with 500 of those houses com­pleted in Nkan­tolo where the long­est-serv­ing ANC Pres­i­dent OR Tambo was born.

Born on 27 Oc­to­ber 1917, OR, as he was fondly known, would have turned 100 years this year. He, how­ever, died on 24 April 1993 af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke at the age of 75. Tambo died one year be­fore the 1994 gen­eral elec­tions in which Nel­son Man­dela be­came Pres­i­dent of South Africa.

Gov­ern­ment has de­clared this year as ‘The Year of Oliver Regi­nald Tambo’.

As the chair of the In­ter-Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee (IMC) on the OR Tambo cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions, Min­is­ter Radebe said through­out the year, the Eastern Cape gov­ern­ment has worked very hard in its im­ple­men­ta­tion of key OR Tambo legacy projects in the area of Mbizana and Nkan­tolo.

“Out of the re­main­ing 500 houses for Si­langwe vil­lage, 100 houses have been built, while con­struc­tion of the re­main­ing 400 houses will be com­pleted by the end of the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

“[A to­tal of] 1 000 house­holds have been con­nected to date and the break­down is as fol­lows: 300 house­holds for Em­pet­sheni vil­lage, Ludeke 200, Qungebe 26, Jama vil­lage 224, KwaMpisi 250,” Min­is­ter Radebe said dur­ing a brief­ing on mil­stones reached on the road to­wards the cel­e­bra­tion of OR Tambo’s birth­day.

In ad­di­tion, the provin­cial Depart­ment of Roads and Pub­lic Works has up­graded and com­pleted a 13 kilo­me­tre stretch of road from Ludeke to Nkan­tolo.

“The con­struc­tion of Ludeke dam has been com­pleted. An amount of R100 mil­lion has been ap­proved by the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion for se­condary bulk in­fra­struc­ture and this will en­able the wa­ter retic­u­la­tion from the dam to ben­e­fit peo­ple in Al­fred Nzo District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Mbizana Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and most im­por­tantly, Nkan­tolo vil­lage in Ward 04,” Min­is­ter Radebe said.

The con­struc­tion of Nkan­tolo Multi-Pur­pose Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is cur­rently un­der­way and the pro­jected com­ple­tion time­line is 31 March 2018.

Pro­cesses are in place to ac­cel­er­ate the re­fur­bish­ment of the OR Tambo gar­den of re­mem­brance.

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