The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is the catalysts for championing of socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape, thus through its various projects aims to improve the quality of life for millions of people across the Eastern Cape and South Africa at large.
CDC managed to build 496 houses at Molteno – a small town outside of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape on behalf of the Department of Human Settlements (DoHS). The initiative forms part of projects that the CDC has successfully implemented on behalf of various government departments.
CDC was appointed by the DoHS to implement and mentor Small Micro Medium Enterprise’s (SMMEs) throughout the project and ensure high quality construction and successful implementation of the project. Sixteen emerging contractors within the Chris Hani District Municipality were appointed creating in excess of over 76 jobs for local communities.
A dedicated team of technical managers and mentors provided technical and business support to emerging contractors throughout the implementation of the project. The mentoring of emerging contractors focused on key developmental areas such as Material Management, Labour Management, as well as Construction Management.
Nosango Yabo of Mamtshali Trading Enterprise outlined how the project positively contributed to her company. “As an emerging contractor I have gained a lot of experience through this project. I am very delighted for being awarded this opportunity, as a result of this project I am now well-equipped with the most desired skills within construction management,” says Ndletyana.
The value of the project is more than R49 million with progress on site at almost 99% with expected completion by end of this year.
According to Bekani Madyibi, CDC’s Programme Manager, Technical Procurement Support Unit, this project was fully carried out by SMMEs, “Our objective in this project was to ensure that the quality of work put in by the SMME’s is of an acceptable standard that is satisfactory to everyone,” says Madyibi.
The project commenced about three years ago turning an empty piece of land into a large community and to date most houses have been officially handed over to the beneficiaries within the Molteno community.
Four of the five companies mentioned above are owned by women. “The pragmatic transformation of our society in ensuring that women benefit throughout in all projects by the CDC is at the forefront of what we do,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Head of Marketing and Communications.
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