R 62 million for upgrade of Kouga infrastructure

A road in Ocean View, Jeffreys Bay
A road in Ocean View, Jeffreys Bay
A special meeting of the Kouga Council was held this week to discuss and approve the granting of R 62 million from the Department of Human Settlements to the Kouga Municipality.

The purpose of the funding is to upgrade the sewage and water infrastructure in order to build more RDP houses in the following areas:

Pellsrus & Ocean View: 220 and 1500 houses

R 15 million

Hankey: 990 houses

R 20 million

Patensie: 278 houses

R 17 million

Sea Vista 2000 houses

R 10 million

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Another 4 602 RDP houses needed in Humansdorp and Thorhill were not included in the above mentioned funding.

The DA raised concerns about roads and storm water drainage, which is an existing problem in the RDP housing suburbs, is again not being budgeted for.

An item on the agenda that proposed that an company called Taurus Gardens 500 be appointed to build 2500 RDP houses in Kruisfontein was rejected by Council (the DA had a 14 – 12 majority in the meeting).

Taurus Gardens is threatening to interdict the Municipality due a contract signed in 2010 that was declared invalid by National Treasury.

The DA requested that a report be presented to Council detailing exactly what the situation is with Taurus Gardens and their contract.

There is a lot of murkiness surrounding this contract and it will be a good thing in terms of transparency should Taurus Gardens take the Municipality to court.

There will be another Council meeting next week.

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