The Provincial Department of Human Settlements, led by the Honourable MEC R.R Pillay, the Amajuba District Municipality Mayor; Honourable Dr. Musa Ngubane and the Newcastle Local Municipality; Honourable Cllr Makhosini Nkosi gathered with the community of Charlestown on the 4th of October 2016 to officially launch the Charlestown Rural Housing Project. The appointed implementing agency was introduced to the community during the meeting with the project expected to commence on the 10th of October 2016.
The project will resolve both the issue of service delivery and unemployment. The steering committee will meet to divulge a plan to employ community members, and the community will be convened to the meeting thereafter.
MEC R.R.Pillay outlined that the employment process should be conducted in an open and transparent manner, it should be fair and there should be equitable employment opportunities for all sections of the community which will address gender equity, 50/50% opportunities for men and women.
“Phase one of the project will cost R50 million and that will consist of installing the pipes for the clean running water and the sewer system, and the R150 million will build 500 houses. The total cost of the project is R200 million”, alluded Pillay.
The community was requested to own the project, by looking after it, by reporting all improper conduct executed either by the contractor, or the employees. The MEC concluded by advising the Newcastle Local Municipality to prioritize the issue of electricity and sanitation in Charlestown in its five years of administration and further persuaded the municipality to continuously give inspiration to it residents and the country as a whole thus enhancing good governance.