Work un­der way on hous­ing project

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

AF­TER years of wait­ing, the Aquadene hous­ing project in Richards Bay is now mak­ing head­way with ground­work at the site in full swing.

The uMh­lathuze Mu­nic­i­pal­ity called a pub­lic meet­ing on Tues­day af­ter­noon in Ward 26 to in­tro­duce Leo­mat Con­struc­tion as the con­trac­tor for the bulk storm water line.

The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by No­vem­ber next year.

The com­pany con­firmed they would be em­ploy­ing work­ers from the com­mu­nity.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers raised con­cerns that only labour­ers would be em­ployed while there are skilled work­ers and pro­fes­sion­als avail­able in the area.

They also raised their dis­ap­point­ment that pub­lic meet­ings were al­ways held early in the day when work­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers could not at­tend.

The rate at which labour­ers are paid un­der the Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme (EPWP) also came un­der the spot­light, but Leo­mat’s Mat­teo Mat­tioda con­firmed that fixed con­tracts had al­ready been signed and no changes could be made.

The hous­ing devel­op­ment will cater for 1 500 rental units and 650 low cost houses and the ap­pli­ca­tion process will be open to all res­i­dents in the city.

Those who are al­ready home­own­ers or ben­e­fit­ted from a pre­vi­ous hous­ing devel­op­ment, will not qual­ify.

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