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CDC improving lives of communities in the NMBM

Mar 18, 2016
CDC improving lives of communities in the NMBM

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is the catalysts for championing of socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape, thus through its various projects aims to improve the quality of life for millions of people across the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Eastern Cape at large.

More than six-million people are positively impacted by CDC’s various projects in the IDZ and across the various Districts of the Eastern Cape.

“Outside the Coega IDZ, the organisation continues to utilise the  professionals and experts in that delivered the first phase of the Coega Industrial Development Zone on time and on budget to assist the Provincial Government with the planning and management of projects throughout the province,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Head of Marketing and Communications.

Specifically, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, the CDC is resurfacing some 5.9 kilometres of gravel roads in various areas.

“The programme is part of the government’s service delivery initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of the people by proving proper infrastructure which improves access to schools, clinics and other important services”.

The CDC as an implementing agent on this mega project has provided opportunities to eight local contractors - Enzel Civils, Andile Truck Hire and Civils, SJW Civils, Mawethu Civils, Soyama/Loppsy JV, Blazingo Trading, Khayelihle Trading and Masakeni Construction thereby creating 358 construction jobs. The overall progress is now at 85% complete.

“We have structured the programmes in such a way as to provide opportunities for emerging companies,” says Vilakazi.

In addition, the CDC is managing the bucket eradication programmes in Nelson Mandela Bay. The CDC scope has further been increased to include top structure implementation on affected sites.

The areas serviced are located throughout the metropolitan area, and comprise mainly of informal settlements, where bucket services are still being utilised.

CDC’s skilled engineers are working hard at overcoming challenges related to the bucket system to ensure that the allocated units in the informal settlements are connected to the water borne sewer system for immediate use by these beneficiaries. 

The CDC is involved as an implementing agent in the refurbishment, upgrading, and/or construction of many public facilities throughout the Eastern Cape and South Africa. 

In the Eastern Cape, the CDC is busy with the refurbishment and upgrading of the Cecilia Makiwane (Mdantsane), Frere (East London), Mjanyana (Ngcobo), Nessi Knight (Qumbu), Marjorie Parrish (Port Alfred), Jose Pearson (Port Elizabeth), Frontier (Queenstown), Dora Nginza (Port Elizabeth), St Barnabas (Port St. Johns) and St Lucy’s (Tsolo) hospitals.

Community health centres are being built or upgraded in Meje (Bizana), Kwanoqubela (Alexandria), Nyaniso (Matatiele) and Flagstaff. Clinics are being refurbished or provided through CDC project management in Philani (Queenstown), Tabase (Mthatha), Ibika (Butterworth), Khambi (new clinic in King Sabata Dalinyebo District), Zabasa (Ugie), Nkwenkwana (Engcobo), Isikhoba (Cofimvaba) Qebe (Engcobo), Mahlubini (Cofimvaba), Vaalbank (Lady Frere), Ngcizela (Centane) and Hamburg.

The Andries Vosloo nurses college in Somerset East is being refurbished, while the new Tafalofefe Lilitha College is being built in Centane. Mortuaries in Queenstown and Aliwal North are being repaired by the CDC.

“All these projects give hope to many communities in the Eastern Cape whilst improving the quality of life by the CDC as a catalyst for the championing of socio-economic development in the province,” adds Dr Vilakazi.


CAPTIONPATHWAY TO BETTER LIFE: one of the many successful projects the CDC is undertaking in the Integrated Social Infrastructure Development Programme (ISIDP) programme. Pictured are the before and after pictures of a stretch of road in the Missionvale Location, Port Elizabeth.