The National Human Settlement Department has started with the first phase of the housing project in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape.
The houses are part of the R4.6 billion set aside by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, to be spent over three years in the Metro for housing. The department has taken over all the housing functions in this Metro.
The first phase of the project will focus on three Port Elizabeth townships, Walmer, Chatty and Soweto on Sea. The Human Settlement Department has expressed satisfaction with the work done so far.
The houses that are delivered in line with approved specifications are adhered to quality. We don’t want to go back and fix these houses in the next five years
Implementing agency for the project, Housing Development Agency (HDA), says it will monitor every step of the project to ensure quality houses.
Provincial HDA Programme Manager, Nicholas Tsewu, says they’re working with the National Home Boulders Registration Council, to ensure every project under implementation is registered with the council.
Tsewu states that there are inspectors on site for quality assurance purposes, doing their work on a daily basis. He adds, “The houses that are delivered in line with approved specifications are adhered to quality. We don’t want to go back and fix these houses in the next five years.”
The ruling party says it’s also monitoring the housing project to ensure that it is completed without wasting public finances. ANC Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa says,” The human settlement is a major challenge particularly in the metro and in the past we have had problems and national government intervention was formed by some of the priorities of the ANC and we thought the issue of co-ordination is important and therefore this time we have got to make sure we monitor the implementation working together with our government.”
The metro has a housing backlog of more than 70 000 houses.