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Houses for Olievenhoutbosch community

30 September 2015 No Comment

Years ago the Olivenhoutbosch area was characterised by shacks with backyard rooms and people were unemployed, but change has come to the area through a partnership between government and the community.
The community recently witnessed the unveiling of an Integrated Human Settlements Development Project in Olievenhoutbosch Ext 36 by Deputy Minister for Human Settlements, Zou Kota-Fredericks.
The housing project launched has been identified for South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) and will be implemented as part of building 1 956 houses to symbolise the 1956 protest march to the Union Buildings by 20 000 women against the injustice of women and pass laws.
The project is expected to start in September 2015 and be completed in the next 18 months.
Christina Kobe-Choba, 47, said she was now proud to be a resident because a number of developments that have taken place in the area, including the building of decent houses, state of the art schools and a shopping centre.
The Olievenhoutbosch project will empower women contractors and enable them to run sustainable business enterprises as well as ensure compliance of the project with the requirements of Breaking New Ground (BNG) strategy of the department.
It will also seek to fast track the delivery of the housing and to contribute towards the targeted 1.5 million houses by 2019, in line with the social contract announced by Human Settlement Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks commended the Tshwane Municipality for its continued commitment to the economic empowerment of women in terms of construction.
SAWIC Chairperson in Gauteng, Kile Kwinana, noted that while men can build houses, it is women who turn them into homes.
MMC for Human Settlements Joshua Ngonyama said the city had offered R500 million to support 30 emerging contractors, including ten youth and ten people with disabilities for the next five years. – SAnews.gov.za

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