R77.1 million allocated for mega human settlements projects

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

The National Department of Human Settlements has allocated Nelson Mandela Bay approximately R77.1 million over four financial years for the planning and implementation of mega projects over this period.

This is in addition to funding provided through the Human Settlement Development Grant and Urban Settlement Development Grant.

The Human Settlements Directorate said in a report to the Human Settlements Committee this morning that it had identified six priority project areas within which a number of small, medium and large projects were at various stages of implementation and/or were at detailed planning, authorisation and approval stages.

One priority project is the Motherwell West Mixed and Integrated Housing Project.

It is estimated that approximately 13 000 units will be build with more than 2 400 having already been constructed and more than 3 000 erven serviced, one of the objectives of the project being to accommodate relocated informal settlements in “stressed” area in Ibhayi and Uitenhage. The estimate cost of the project is put at R3.37 billion.

The second priority project on a total of 532 hectares of land, focuses on Forest Hill Extension, Summerstrand Extension, Walmer South Extension, Walmer Link Extension and the Walmer tunnel site as well as Walmer/Gqebera dedensification and in situ upgrading.

The report states that a total of 1 271 units are planned for the land between the Walmer Country Club and Arlington Racecourse that has been acquired by the Provincial Department of Human Settlements for transfer to Nelson Mandela Bay.

Of the 1 271 units, 778 will be free basic housing, 448 social and rental, 188 for the GAP market and 40 that will be sold on the open market.

It is estimated that the total bulk water cost for this mega project will be R77 million while additional bulk sewer costs will add R25 million, across all the areas of land identified, most of which is owned by the metro, with the objective being the dedensification of Walmer/Gqebera. - metrominutes