Infrastructure MEC Tertuis Simmers did his bit for Nelson Mandela International Day by spending 67 minutes cleaning and painting at the New Woodlands Farm 694 construction site.
He was joined by Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman, members of sub-council 17, Member of Provincial Parliament Ricardo Mackenzie, The Housing Development Agency (HDA) and staff from the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements (WCDoHS).
The Farm 694 is a Human Settlements Integrated Residential Development Programme (IRDP) project that, upon completion, will create 434 Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing opportunities.
The project is a first of its kind in the greater Mitchell’s Plain area, earmarked to benefit approved residents from nearby New Woodlands and Kosovo informal settlement. These communities are to benefit equally from the project with a 50/50 split allocation, despite the project being in New Woodlands (“Farm 694 housing development makes progress” Plainsman, August 25 2021, “Farm 694 housing project to welcome new homeowners by end of year” Plainsman, February 2).
Mr Simmers said: “Following in the footsteps and teachings of our great former leader, Nelson Mandela, the responsibility of building a better and united future lies in all our hands.
“With this project we will see the unification of beneficiaries from two communities, with different backgrounds living together to create a rainbow nation in its truest form. Today I offer my contribution by painting and also join the construction team by lending an extra pair of hands towards providing much needed homes for our people,” he said.
Construction at Farm 694 is envisaged to be completed toward the end of this year, after which the units will be handed over to the beneficiaries.