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Dysselsdorp Housing Project

FLTR:  Luwellyn Coetzee (Acting Director Strategic Services), Sylvia Tyatya (Acting Manager Human Settlement), Cllr Chad Louw (Executive Mayor), Provincial Minister Tertuis Simmers, Cllr Liluth Van Rooyen (Ward 10 Councillor)

Oudtshoorn, 03 May 2022 – The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Cllr Chad Louw, together with the Provincial Minister, Mr Tertuis Simmers did an oversight visit to the Dysselsdorp Project site on Friday, 29 April 2022. This is for the first batch of houses for the first phase of the project, which consists of 150 units for the 2021/2022 financial year.

During a briefing session that was held at the Oudtshoorn Municipality, Mr Luwellyn Coetzee, Acting Director: Strategic Services, said that the key part for the municipality is that with this partnership with the provincial government, the municipality will achieve two parts of their vision, which is a town “to live and to work” in.   The current project that the municipality is busy within Dysselsdorp, about 80% of the employment comes from the Dysselsdorp area and the municipality received an allocation of approximately R90 million for the building of houses.

Ms Sylvia Tyatya, Acting Manager: Human Settlement, said that the housing department had a consultation session with the beneficiaries of the 150 houses on 22 March 2022, to give them feedback on the process and what still needed to be done, which is to install electricity in the houses.  This process will start on 03 May 2022. She further states that the oldest person moving into one of the houses was born in 1936.

After the briefing session, Mayor Louw accompanied the Provincial Minister to Dysselsdorp to assess the progress of the housing project.  During the site visit, they addressed the people that were there and praised them for their positive attitude since the last year’s sod-turning programme.  Mayor Louw also made it clear to the beneficiaries of the houses that all measures are being put in place for them to move in gracefully when the electrical work is completed in the units.  “All of us were excited when this housing project started, and let us finish the final step with the same spirit,” the mayor said to the group of people.

The second phase of the project will start in the 2022/2023 financial year when 223 units will be built and the last phase consisting of 149 units will start in the 2023/2024 financial year. A total of 522 units will be built as part of this project.