George Farmworkers To Receive Improved Accomodation Through Partnership | Western Cape Government


George Farmworkers To Receive Improved Accomodation Through Partnership

27 October 2016

Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela will hand over 29 temporary structures to farmworkers in Geelhoutboom, approximately 20km outside George, on Friday, 28 October 2016.

The farmworkers previously occupied run-down houses, with no access to electricity on the farm. The new structures provide better protection from bad weather elements, in addition to electricity for all houses on the farm. Residents also have access to water and other basic services.

Following a visit by Minister Madikizela to the Geelhoutboom Farm in early 2016, it was recognised that the condition of certain houses occupied by the farmworkers posed a huge safety risk from a structural point of view. Minister Madikizela instructed George Municipality, together with the Department, to assist with safer accommodation on the farm.

The Geelhoutboom project was made possible through a partnership between the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, George Municipality, Eskom and the shareholders of Geelhoutboom Estates. The community and surrounding residents also formed an integral part of the partnership and the project.

All media are invited to attend.

Date: Friday, 28 October 2016
Time: 10h30 -11h30
Venue: Geelhoutboom Farm, George


From George

  • Follow Montagu Street / R404 past Fancourt towards the airport.
  • Turn right onto GeelHoutBoom road (about 2.3 km passed Fancourt).
  • After 900 m, turn right again at the Tramonto Venue.
  •  Follow the road for about 2.4 km and turn right just before the GeelHoutBoom Primary School.

You will see a rugby field on the left hand side and the houses.

Media Enquiries: 

Zalisile Mbali
Spokesperson for the Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela
Cell: 078 600 7729
Tel: 021 483 4798