Since the sod turning of the Qolweni Phase 3A 169 housing development in Plettenberg Bay on 30 August 2021, 56 local job opportunities have been created. The contractor, Ruwacon has also identified 12 local Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME’s), of which 6 are currently involved in the project and 2 are owned by women. Job opportunities are expected to increase threefold as the development progresses.
The project, which was handed over to the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements (WCDoHS) by the Bitou Municipality on 18 June 2021, has a budget allocation of R33,5 million, excluding professional fees. It is envisaged to be concluded during the 2022/23 financial year.
Minister Simmers said: “I am pleased that local workers and SMME’s are being afforded the opportunity to be part of this project. This clearly demonstrates the Western Cape Government’s commitment to ensuring that jobs and empowerment for those in the area are occurring. In addition, it also shows how we’ve met the various challenges and disputes head on, so that the significant progress that is being made can continue.
I’d like to thank all partners, which includes the Bitou Municipality, along with the Project Steering Committee and broader community for their continued cooperation. I call on all partners and particularly the community to ensure that no elements are allowed to derail the process, as this will only set the project back, which will mean that those who are patiently waiting to live in an improved, safer and dignified manner is further delayed.
I am optimistic that as residents are witnessing how the Western Cape Government is fulfilling its commitment, so too will they ensure that the trust and excellent working relationship continues. As we’re already doing, we commit to remain transparent throughout this process.
As the Western Cape Government, we remain committed to accelerating human settlement delivery, while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, resilient, safe and sustainable human settlements in an open opportunity society.”