FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATT: REPORTERS, ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
03 September 2020
PREMIER TO HANDOVER NEW HOUSES TO 100 DESTITUTE FAMILIES IN CALA
Cala ——– Premier Oscar Mabuyane together with Human Settlements MEC, Ms Nonkqubela Pieters will handover new houses to 100 destitute families, including a disabled elderly man, in Cala, under Sakhisizwe Local Municipality on Friday, 04 September 2020. This forms part of the efforts by the EC Department of Human Settlements to prioritirise the most destitute and vulnerable, including the elderly, people with disabilities (young and old), child headed households and military veterans, by providing them with safe and decent quality homes.
The families form part of the 1284 beneficiaries who have benefitted from the Department’s Cala 1284 Rural Enhanced People’s Housing Process (EPHP) Project. A total of 401 houses have been completed in the project thus far, with beneficiaries already moved in. The EPHP is one of the Department’s programmes whereby beneficiaries are actively involved in the decision making over their housing process. The programme emphasizes on skills development, community participation and local employment. The project covers 8 villages in Cala in Wards 7, 8 and 9.
One of the beneficiaries include, 32-year-old Khanyisa Mara in Hota Village will receive a new house that will improve her life together with her two siblings. Mara’s parents, who had no house for the family and were living with relatives passed away, leaving her with her younger brother and sister. The other beneficiary is 64-year-old Zenzile Ginyigazi from Mbhenge Village who is blind and currently living in a single rondavel structure.
The project budget for the EPHP is R216 million for the construction of 1284 houses at size 40m2, the installation of rainwater tanks and building VIP toilet infrastructure services. They form a Community Based Organisation that is mentored by the appointed Community Resourced Organisation. The Community Resource Organisation is responsible for planning activities, beneficiary registration and administration, social and actual construction of the houses.
Members of the media are invited to the handover as follows;
DATE: 04 SEPTEMBER 2020
VENUE: HOTA, CALA
For enquiries contact;
Acting General Manager Provincial Communications
Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, Cell: 082 955 8833 or 062 594 5703
Ministry of Eastern Cape Human Settlements
Enquiries: Spokesperson Masiza Mazizi
Cell: 066 010 4865 or 076 804 4292
Facebook: EC Human Settlements News Channel