ECDC Approves R70 Million For Walmer Electricity And Stormwater

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has approved an amount of R70 million for an electricity and stormwater intervention in Walmer Informal Settlement.

The project is one of ECDC’s Integrated Social Infrastructure Delivery Programme projects.

The Corporation’s Six-Monthly Financial Oversight and Performance Report tabled in the Bhisho Legislature says that a service level agreement (SLA) has been prepared for the management of the projects and submitted to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for City Manager Mpilo Mbambisa’s signature, adding that once this has been done “the projects will commence in earnest”.

The report says that R20 million has been allocated for the Electricity Intervention Project which will be used for the electrification of informal dwellings and augmentation of the transformers supplying electricity to the township.

“Material and contractors are ready to proceed with the pilot of the electrification of 150 informal units by December 2014,” the report states, adding that a ribbon-cutting event will be feasible at the earliest at that time.

The report states that work will then proceed with the remainder of approximately 900 units and be completed by June next year.

It says that provision of adequate stormwater drainage “is essential to avoid flooding of the township,” with the work estimated to cost R50 million, adding that the work will start in December and be completed by May/June next year.

The ECDC says that an additional two business plans are awaited from the metro for possible funding for an area experiencing low water pressure and for bucket eradication. - MetroMinutes

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