By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI
MEC for local government and human settlement department, Fenny Gaolaolwe held an engagement session with emerging contractors in Vryburg recently. Gaolaolwe said she is determined to intensify and develop young emerging contractors in the province.
She further said the aim was to hasten the delivery of housing opportunities to qualifying developers as well as to cement partnership with various stakeholders in the housing sector.
“The engagement session was to introduce the new human settlements delivery approach called the bietjie-bietjie maak meer approach in the Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD) following a pronouncement by the Premier, Supra Mahumapelo at the human settlements indaba in Rustenburg in March.
“The department is in process of implementing the preferential procurement strategy to capacitate young developers by giving them 50 units to small contractors of levels,” she said.
Gaolaolwe said well-established contractors will be given 70 % of the housing projects whilst emerging developers will get 30 % of the allocation. She added that the approach was intended to further increase the pool of participants in the construction of low cost houses.
“We also want to transform and break the monopoly of big companies in the construction industry. As part of the departmental service delivery plan, the department will put more stringent deadlines on project delivery and see to it that contractors that do not deliver quality houses be penalised. We will continue with our engagement session with contractors in other districts across the province,” she said.