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This project sees uTshani pre-finance houses in the Mpumalanga province. Houses were built in Standerton, Qwaqwa, and Delmas in Mpumalanga using cement bricks. It aimed to construct 1000 houses in the province. To date a total of 152 houses have been constructed. The Standerton project aimed to construct 100 housing units of which 74 were approved and 63 built while 50 were planned in Delmas and 19 have been constructed. The house has a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom (with bath, hand basins and toilet), and a living room. It has two big windows in the front and a window for every room to allow sufficient lighting and ventilation. Pre-Financing was done in September 2008 and recovery of funds from government (in the form of the housing subsidies) was based on the number of houses built. These projects are a key component of uTshani’s activitities, both in terms of gaining skills for other projects and earning fees to cover non-recoverable overheads, such as rentals for concrete mixing machines. uTshani houses are bigger than government subsidy RDP houses (Reconsturction and Development Programme). This is because beneficiarites contribute labour to construction. Funding from government is dependent on submission of required claim forms after inspections and validation by provincial inspectors and project managers.
Construction at Standerton was initially subcontracted to JEFISA, a construction company in Mpumalanga, who had to work collaboratively with the local Community Construction Management Teams (CCMT), community groups and Super CCMT. The CCMT is responsible for local project management and transferring information about the project to beneficiaries while the Super CCMT is the national team, called in to attend to special issues like exchange programmes and trouble shooting how best to capacitate local CCMTs in project implementation. In the course of development, many challenges experienced within the project have led to the cancellation of the project by the Provincial Department. The Federation met with the Provincial Housing Department to address the cancellation and salvage the Standerton project. It was agreed that the existing 23 units be completed and the balance of 37 houses be re-assessed. Challenges for the project include getting enough beneficiaries for approval.Location: Standerton, Qwaqwa, and Delmas, South Africa
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Project information updated: 20 March 2014
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