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Municipality prioritizes housing

Municipality prioritizes housingMetsimaholo Local Municipality  has joined hands with the provincial department of co-operative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs to provide decent homes for the people of Zamdela.

The partnership has developed a project called the Community Residential Units (CRU), which seeks to transform the housing system in the province.

The project which is expected to cost R116-million aims to complete 96 housing units of the envisaged 392 in the first phase by the end of June. The units will be occupied by renting residents who are already on the waiting list.

The units are also meant to make way for the intended demolition of the old apartheid government single male hostels which used to house migrant workers in the township.

Free State government tells a good story

Free State government tells a good storyThe Free State provincial government descended on Zamdela Township, near Sasolburg today to outline government’s service delivery achievements and plans to address outstanding budgetary and capacity constraints slowing progress in other areas during a breakfast debate hosted by TNA and the SABC.

Free State MEC for cooperative governance, traditional affairs and human settlements, Olly Mlamleli, MEC for education, Tate Makgoe, director general, Kopung Ralikontsane and Metsimaholo Local Municipality executive mayor, Brutus Mahlaku, answered service delivery related questions from ordinary citizens at the townships’ multipurpose hall.

Mlamleli addressed concerns regarding the slow pace of housing delivery to mostly civil servants who do not qualify for RDP houses and are also not eligible to qualify for bank housing loans. The MEC said the provincial government is working with the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) to develop a funding vehicle for financing housing in this market.

“We know there are people who do not qualify for free government sponsored RDP houses, and at the same time they do not qualify for loans with banks, we are talking to the FDC to find a permanent solution in this regard,” said Mlamleli.

Ngubentombi lauded for township office

New township officesThe ongoing construction of new municipal offices in Zamdela, Sasolburg, has been met with widespread adulation from the local residents, who see it as a good move by the municipality to bring services closer to the people.

The department of public works started erecting the new building which has a chamber for council meetings, early this year. The idea to build the municipal offices in Zamdela was first conceived by the late former MEC for health, Fezi Ngubentombi, when she was the mayor of the Metsimaholo Local Municipality.

The current mayor, Brutus Mahlaku, affirmed that his predecessor had a brilliant vision for the municipality, and had done a splendid job while she was mayor.

“The late comrade Fezi had done so much during her tenure as mayor. There are many projects that she initiated with the local oil company Sasol in her quest for this area to become one of the best in the province.

“When she moved to the provincial level, we were awed by her unwavering work ethic and dedication to service delivery. She ensured that she left Metsimaholo with a council chamber to host council meetings,” said Mahlaku.