Golden Valley Housing Project steadily moving forward
Issued George Municipality, 14th July 2021
The Golden Valley Housing Project in Blanco is moving forward steadily and another three houses were handed over to families last week. The project is currently in Phase 1 which consists of the building of 136 top structures (actual houses) to qualifying beneficiaries. Six completed houses including last week’s three have been handed over to date . Only those houses where the electricity connections were fully finished were handed over.
Cllr Raybin Figland, Portfolio Councillor of Human Settlements, said this just another way George Municipality is saying “we care about our people. We will continue to build on our success and stay with our mandate to deliver to our people,” Figland said.
Cllr Jean Safers, Ward Councillor for the area, said the people who received homes are relieved that this day is here. “I help and attend to these people who have problems in the informal settlement with their huts as soon as we experience heavy weather. I feel happy with the beneficiaries today.”
One of the beneficiaries, Joseph Fouche, gave all the glory to God for his new home. Andrew Fortuin said “I am grateful and I feel wonderful.” Maria Saaiman said she is so happy.
According to Charles Lubbe, Director: Human Settlements, the beneficiaries had been identified earlier and the subsidies approved by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements. The Golden Valley housing project will accommodate all residents of the informal areas in Blanco, although not all will receive top structures. Qualifying families where the participants are older than 35 years, and whose monthly income is less than R3 500, receive top structures. Other residents of the informal area who do not meet the latter criteria receive a serviced erf. A serviced erf contains sewerage services with a toilet, a water connection and electricity connection.
The contractor, Marnol, has been appointed by the Provincial Department of Human Settlements to complete the project. It is envisaged that the projected completion date of the project will be November 2021.
Blanco 1: Cllr Raybin Figland, Portfolio Councillor of Human Settlements welcomes Joseph Fouche, his sister, Marinda Fouche and her daughter Jolene (3) to their new home. With them are from left, Mbulelo Suping from Marnol Projects, Ward Councillor Jean Safers and on the far right is Madoda Bokwe, a Human Settlements official.
Blanco2: Maria Saaiman receives her house keys from Cllr Raybin Figland with her daughter, Elizabeth, looking on.
Blanco 3: Andrew Fortuin with the handing over of his house. Officially handing over the home is Cllr Figland and to the far left is housing official, Madoda Bokwe.