29 July 2013
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and his delegation of ministers swapped suits for overalls on Saturday morning during a war on poverty campaign visit to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape.
The delegation visited four projects, inspecting the construction of a house in Chatty, visiting a local resource centre, painting a newly built house, and handing over furniture and groceries to a disabled 95-year-old man.
The first stop of the delegation was a construction site where they joined workers building a house at stand No 12727 in Chatty.
The construction project is a partnership between the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements, the municipality and the Housing Development Agency. The R110-million project is expected to be completed in 2014.
Nicolas Tsweu of the Housing Development Agency said there would be 1 380 new houses built between now and March 2014. Over 500 houses have been completed and occupied since construction started in September 2012. An additional 1 060 houses will be built in phase 3 of the project.
The delegation then visited the Helenville Resource Centre where they undertook a walk-about to see the building progress of the centre.
They were then taken to a newly built house in Missionvale where a family of six is expected to move in during the first week of August.
The new owner, 34-year-old Mbulelo Jamela, said the new house would restore his family’s dignity and enable him to raise his children in a decent home.
The delegation then visited a 95-year-old disabled man who had been staying alone in a house. The house had been in a dilapidated state, without a bed or furniture, before various government departments contributed to its upgrading.
Director-general in the Presidency Cassius Lubisi said that although upgrading the house might seem like a drop in the ocean, it would go a long way to restoring the dignity of the old man.
The delegation concluded their campaign with a community meeting in which community members raised issues calling for government attention.