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30 September 2021

The current first phase of the new human settlement development in Railton, Swellendam, which commenced on 19 September 2021, has thus far created 13 job opportunities for local residents.

This phase, which consists of civil infrastructure development is not labour intensive, but as the development continues, it is envisaged that a further 40 job opportunities will be created.

Workers will also be assigned to a specific team and receive on the job training. Amongst others, this phase includes the construction of the underground storm-water drainage pipe, and the sewerage pipe, which includes the erf connections of the water supply network, along with the installation of sewer manholes at erf connections and the electrical sleeves. 

This development forms part of the Integrated Residential Development Programme (IRDP) and has a budget allocation of just over R 76 million. It will deliver 965 serviced sites and is expected to be concluded by the end of February 2023.

Minister Simmers said: “The creation of jobs and empowerment opportunities are key components of all our developments. I want to assure the people of Swellendam that we will continue to create further opportunities for people from the area. It is critical that residents are registered on their municipal database for job seekers, so that when employment opportunities do arise, they’re able to access it.

I also once again call on the community to ensure that the sites are not invaded, as this will only lead to unnecessary and avoidable delays of the project. As the Western Cape Government, we remain committed to upskilling and empowering our residents, particularly our unemployed youth”.

19th September 2021

An exciting start to the day in Railton, as Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers took part in a momentous ceremony to launch a project which will change the lives of almost 1000 families in Swellendam and benefit the whole community.  The project, which is set to take 18 months from Sept 2021 to Feb 2023 will deliver:

  • 950  residential erven
  • 1 education facility
  • 5 businesses
  • 2 community/institutional facilities
  • 5 utility spaces
  • 4 public open spaces

Today marks the start of Phase 1 which is implementing the services that the municipality installs on the plots: water, sewerage, electricity and roads. 

The launch of this significant housing project for the Municipality was attended by newly inaugurated Executive Mayor Francois Du Rand, and other community leaders including Father Mario Hendriks, Deputy Mayor Michael Pokwas, residents and local media.

Minister Simmers said: “Today’s sod-turning is an exciting moment for the people of Railton. It is part of the tangible and life changing difference we’re making to the people of this area. I’m looking forward to witnessing how these units will become homes to our qualifying and deserving beneficiaries.

“As the Western Cape Government, we remain committed to accelerating human settlement delivery, while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements in an open society,”

The total cost of the funding from Western Cape Government is R 76 210 875,00

After the ceremony the Minister left to launch a similar project in Melkhoutfontein this afternoon.

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Where exactly is the site and well done. Nancy

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