The construction of two housing projects has now received new contractors after it has been abandoned for over two decades in South Africa.
According to reports, the first was in Mlungisi when the department cancelled builders’ contracts in 2006. While the second in Cenyulands was abandoned by a contractor in January 2020.
When local Media visited the area, they discovered that there were about 20 sites in the area which were incomplete with nothing but cement foundations. Most residents in the area live in mud houses while some, like Seymour, live in zinc and wood shacks.
Meanwhile, Spokesperson for the Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlement, Masiza Mazizi said they expected construction of 500 homes in Mlungisi was one of the first projects in Stutterheim. It involved five emerging builders who were appointed to construct 100 houses each in February 2001.
She noted that each house had a subsidy of R9,647 but only 280 of the 500 units were built at a cost of R2.7 million despite the total project budget of R4.8 million.
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