The City of Tshwane and HCI Palesa Mine are partnering up to build 20 low-cost houses.
HCI will foot the R3.5 million construction bill.
The beneficiaries will be indigent households in the Bronkhorstspruit region.

The City of Tshwane recently partnered with Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) Palesa Mine to build 20 low-cost houses in the Bronkhorstspruit region to help impoverished families.

The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in which the mine undertook to fund the R3.5 million in construction costs.

“The MoU is in line with our mission to eradicate the housing backlog and to see deserving beneficiaries get proper housing and restoration of their dignity,” said the mayor of Tshwane, Randall Williams.

According to Williams, the mine initiated the partnership by approaching the City in 2021 to “enquire about the best way to uplift the community of Region 7”.

The mine operates in the region, and the houses set to be built will be for indigent households.

“The beneficiaries of this project include indigents, child-headed families and people living with disabilities,” said Williams.

He said:

They were carefully selected by the City, with assistance from social workers and ward councillors, in consultation with the mining company.

As per the MoU, the City must provide “serviced standards” and “ensure the installation of sewer, water, reticulation and electricity infrastructure”.

This news comes in light of Tshwane urging its residents to reduce water consumption or risk a Rand Water supply collapse.

The City’s water woes have reportedly been exacerbated by the heat wave and continuous load shedding across the country.

Source: News24 – Blanke Neethling