Cape Argus

R26m to be spent on Pinelands housing project


THE provincial Human Settlement­s Department will spend R25.9 million of its budget to speed the Conradie better living model project in Pinelands and create jobs during the current financial year.

In September, Transport and Public Works MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela announced constructi­on had started on the first phase of housing at the site.

Human Settlement­s MEC Tertius Simmers told the legislatur­e that the money had been “moved forward from the 2021/22 financial year to this financial year” after an agreement was reached with the developers to accelerate the installati­on of bulk infrastruc­ture at the site.

Speaking during the Department of Human Settlement’s adjustment appropriat­ion bill 2020 vote, Simmers said: “This will further ensure that more jobs are created, while the constructi­on programme for this project is also being accelerate­d.”

He said: “As part of our adjustment, we’ve allocated R19m to municipali­ties to accelerate housing opportunit­ies. R10m is allocated to the Saldanha Bay municipali­ty for the Langebaan

Seaview Park extension, while R9m is allocated to the Hessequa municipali­ty for bulk services of the Melkhoutfo­ntein project.

“In addition to this a further R16.8m from the department’s own revenue has been allocated to infrastruc­ture projects, which directly ensures that jobs are protected in the constructi­on industry,” said Simmers.

Rejecting the vote, ANC provincial Human Settlement­s spokespers­on Andile Lili said: “The DA is misleading the public through the implementa­tion of the Conradie better living model.”

Lili said: “In these adjustment­s he said an amount of R25.9m has been brought forward from the 2021/22 to the 2020/21 financial year to accelerate delivery of bulk infrastruc­ture. However this is the brainchild of Helen Zille and since 2015 millions of rand have been thrown into a bottomless pit, with no top structures to show for it.

“Up until now, this government has not been able to give straight answers to the question of when houses will be built at Conradie and when people will start to occupy them.

“The Conradie site project and other related projects are the DA’s gate-keeping mechanisms to keep the poor out of the inner city,” said Lili.

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