The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s commitment to the restoration of the dignity of its residents was evident on Thursday, 4 July 2013 when the Executive Mayor, Cllr Benson Fihla, turned the first sod and officially handed over the site to a contractor to mark the start of installation of services in Ward 41, Khayamnandi, Despatch.
The project forms part of a bigger services installation project in the same area, in preparation for a housing development. The Municipality will instal services on 1005 sites, which form part of phases 3 and 4 of the housing development planned in the area.
The installation of services will see the Municipality delivering houses that have running water, sanitation and an integrated stormwater drainage system. This multimillion rand project forms part of the greater installation and improvement of infrastructure by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to support the growing population of the city.
The sod-turning and site hand-over event forms part of the Executive Mayor’s 100 Days Action Plan, which has been rolled out over the past two months. Speaking to the community of Ward 41, Executive Mayor Cllr Benson Fihla said that the Municipality was excited about the project, and that the project was a structured way to permanently deal with the poor sanitation that residents had been subjected to for many years.
Mayor Fihla added that the Khayamnandi services installation project was only one of many projects already started or in completion across the City. “We are currently busy in areas like Wells Estate and Nu 29 installing services for housing delivery. This is in keeping with the commitment that the ANC led government did to the people, to provide a better life for all”.