Minister of Human Settlements – Nomaindiya Mfeketo recently handed over 800 newly built housing units to Diamond Park residents in Kimberley. The handover formed part of the National Government’s Imbizo Focus Week activities. The Minister was accompanied by Northern Cape Premier, Ms Sylvia Lucas, MEC for Co-operative Governance Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass, and Sol Plaatje Executive Mayor, Mangaliso Matika.
According to the National Department of Human Settlements the Imbizo Focus Week is aimed at intensifying engagements between Executive Members and citizens through a series of on-going dialogues.
The project was funded by the Northern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs through the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) for internal services and top structures which will be implemented in phases. Sol Plaatje Municipality has been responsible for provision of bulk services, such as electricity, sanitation and water.
One of the oldest residents in the area, Mr Andries Badenhorst, was one of the first recipients of an Occupational Certificate. The elderly man indicated that he is very proud to be a beneficiary of a free house at his age.
Minister Mfeketo said that the Northern Cape is building quality houses in comparison with other provinces. Premier Lucas pleaded with the new home owners to refrain from renting these houses to other people and ensure that it remains a legacy within their families. Sol Plaatje Executive mayor, Mangaliso Matika announced that the Kimberley Ekapa Mining (KEM-JV) also sponsored seven million Rand towards infrastructure in the area and that the municipality would add this to their budget to provide tar roads.