Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape Province
The Joe Slovo project falls under the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape and the contract with the Housing Department has been concluded for 181 beneficiaries.
The FEDUP CCMT is functional. A service provider has been appointed to provide project management and technical support. At a technical level training has been provided by the service provider to the local FEDUP members by utilizing skilled builders/carpenters/plumbers and small FEDUP technical teams to focus on specialized construction components. In this manner they completed the initial ten houses within a fortnight period. Currently there are 15 certified (NHBRC) completed units and six at foundation level.
A major challenge has been unpaid claims submitted to the Eastern Cape Province. This is a consequence of institutional problems on the side of NMMM whereby the subsidies of FEDUP beneficiaries were paid to eThubelisha. The matter was escalated to the MEC level and part payment has been received. The balance payment is still stuck at institutional level and has been submitted to the National Department of Human Settlements. It is envisaged to resolve this situation soon and that construction can be resumed.