A large-scale development project was announced in Newcastle on 15 October 2020, with Newcastle’s Mayor Cllr Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba stating that the multi-million Rand housing project would be built on Hospital Street.
Moreover, the mayor explained the R623 million project at the soil turning ceremony would see 1 200 people being employed. He also assured all building equipment and material would be sourced from local businesses, thereby pumping further cash into the local economy. Following up on the progression since October 2020, the Newcastle Municipality now opens up on the initiative’s progress more than half a year later.
According to the government entity’s communications department, construction work commenced on 14 November 2020. Concerning the 1 200 people to be employed during the project, the municipality explains that considering the project is still in its early stages and that there are different phases, “the project will see more locals joining in as it progresses.” Furthermore, the Newcastle Municipality states it is committed to supporting local businesses during the construction of the multi-million Rand project, highlighting, “The municipality is currently sourcing building material from a number of local businesses, the municipality believes that local businesses are typically more reactive, and they deliver on time.”
Additionally, the municipality claims the contractor of the project hails from Newcastle. “Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community, this project will also help stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities to our community.” The housing project is set to be a 24-month project. However, the Newcastle Municipality claims unforeseen challenges may delay the progress of a construction project. To date, the government entity claims there have been some delays, with the leading causes of these related to weather, site and economic conditions, as well as the pandemic.
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