23 January 2020
The Bitou Municipality had a very constructive meeting with members of the Qolweni Concerned Residents leadership in the Bitou Council Chambers on the 20th January 2020. The Bitou Executive Mayor, Councillor Peter Lobese, the Councillor from Ward 3, Councillor Xola Matyila, Municipal Manager, Advocate Lonwabo Ngoqo as well as relevant Senior Officials from the municipality were all part of the meeting. The meeting was positive and both parties committed themselves to work together to accelerate the development of the project.
The meeting resolved:
- The process of profiling that was undertaken needs to be concluded in order to identify the beneficiaries and to embark on the process of moving people from the area called “Kwa Rasta” in Qolweni that is earmarked to start the construction process;
- The initial stages of the profile have identified 18 beneficiaries that are currently residing in “Kwa Rasta” area and they would be the first to be relocated to the TRA in Bossiesgif, commonly known as Minaar land. Once these beneficiaries are moved to the TRA the project of constructing the initial 33 top structures on the “Kwa Rasta area” is expected to commence;
- The 33 top structures mentioned in point 2, is the 20% of the 169 units that will be built as part of the Qolweni Housing Development. The Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements have committed to the project;
- The 33 top structures were initially planned to be completed at the end of March 2020. However, due to logistical delays the project is expected to be completed between April and May 2020;
- The profile indicate that on the “Kwa Rasta” area on top of the 18 beneficiaries, also have residents that are non-beneficiaries because they are not on the housing data base as well as those that have previously benefitted from previous housing projects in other areas;
- The meeting agreed to deal with the process of evicting those residents that have benefitted from previous housing projects from other area. However, the Leadership of the Concerned Residents from Qolweni have committed to assist in facilitating a process with the community that will ensure that the process of relocating people happens in a manner that is peaceful and smooth process. Therefore, the leadership should be informed throughout the process and this will happen through regular consultative engagements with them;
- The Bitou Community Services Directorate to engage the provincial department of Human Settlements to be engaged to expedite the construction of the 170 units on TRA Units on Minaar land from March to February 2020. This will speed up the process of relocating the beneficiaries. The Executive Mayor, Councillor Peter Lobese, insisted that the entire process must be fast tracked;
- All parties agree that the relocation should ideally be completed by the 15th February 2020 so that the construction of the 33 Top Structures on the “Kwa Rasta” area of Qolweni. The Bitou Human Settlement Department needs to investigate if there is funding provided to assist in the relocation processes;
- The extension of the contract for Ukhana Projects to, as part of their existing contract in Phase 5 Kwanokuthula, to commence with the construction of the 33 “Top Structures” in Qolweni is approved;
- All other SCM processes related to the Qolweni Development are in an advanced stage and this will also assist ensuring that the process of construction can commence as soon as relocation is done;
- The Council and Leadership of Qolweni Concerned Residents have agreed that a public report back meeting will be held with the community of Qolweni during the week of the 27 to 31 January 2020, in order to give proper feedback to the members of the community;
- The community Leaders were also briefed about progress made regarding the Qolweni Cultural Village that is in the inception stages of being developed;
- The matter pertaining to the change rooms for the new sport fields in Bossiesgif is on the budget for the 2020/21 financial year and implementation will commence as from the 1 July 2020 with the tender process to acquire the contractor for the change rooms.
The Executive Mayor, Councillor Peter Lobese, once more, committed the municipality to work hard in ensuring that this project is delivered to the people of Qolweni within this current term. The role played by all the parties involved to bring the development to a stage where it is running smoothly should be applauded. The Municipal Manager, Advocate Lonwabo Ngoqo, has his team fully focused on making sure that this development is prioritized and accelerated. The people from this community cannot be made to wait due to all sorts of red tape.
Issued By: Andile Namntu on behalf of
Advocate Lonwabo Ngoqo
Municipal Manager of the Bitou Local Municipality
Adv. Lonwabo Ngoqo
Telephone: 044-501 3000
Manager: Communications and Customer Care
Last published 27 January 2020