Pretoria: Cabinet has commended a number of government projects which will benefit local communities.
Briefing media in Cape Town on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe, said Cabinet had at its fortnightly meeting on Wednesday commended the Department of Human Settlements for allocating houses in the Savanna City Integrated Human Settlements project in the Sedibeng District Municipality to indigent groups.
Prominent South Africans joined industry stakeholders, including mayors and officials from the Sedibeng District Municipality, in painting the completed houses at the recent launch as well as gardening.
“About 18 000 houses were built, benefitting the elderly, people with disabilities, and child-headed and women-headed families,” said the Minister.
He added that Cabinet further welcomed the announcement that next year the department will launch a project which will see the construction of 60 000 houses.
Tshepo 10 000
Cabinet welcomed the progress made by the Tshepo “hope” 10 000 project, which is helping to eradicate youth unemployment in the City of Tshwane.
“The multimillion-rand project by the City of Tshwane, in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, envisages to train 10 000 unemployed youth by giving them the skills and expertise needed to tender for the procurement of projects.
“After completing the training, youth establish and run successful cooperatives,” explained the Minister.
Over 190 cooperatives have provided job opportunities to many young people. In addition, the city’s departments employ some of the youth.
“Cabinet welcomes the upgrading of the R25 (P6-1) road, a 42km road that links Gauteng and Limpopo.
“The project, which stretches between Bapsfontein and Bronkhorstspruit, has employed more than 200 people. It will also benefit the agricultural and mining sectors in the area by promoting faster movement of freight trucks that transport goods and services,” said Minister Radebe.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS