The Idwala Carbonates Community Housing Project is targeted at selected beneficiaries living in the KwaCele, KwaLushaba and KwaNdwalane Tribal Areas. Each area will have a total of 20 houses built, thereby ensuring that 60 families each have a quality, well-built home of 60m2 after project completion. Target groups in terms of beneficiaries are families who have no income due to the severe poverty within the rural areas; and child-headed and grandparent-headed households due to the HIV / AIDS epidemic within the rural areas.
Idwala Carbonates’ vision for the Community Housing Project is for the project to have a much greater benefit to the communities surrounding the mine than simply the housing beneficiaries themselves. With this vision in mind, Idwala Carbonates embarked upon the process of assisting the three communities to establish a Project Management Company in the last quarter of 2010. The three communities and their leadership are the shareholders in the Project Management Company registered as Umnotho Wezizwe (Pty) Ltd. through an established community trust, thereby ensuring that any profit generated through the housing project filters back into the communities. Beside this benefit, the project also employs only local individuals to work on the building teams, providing much needed employment in the communities, as well as experiential training for local community members who have completed building skills programmes through the local FET College. In addition, as much of the building materials are sourced locally as possible and this therefore ensures that the project has a much broader impact on the communities and the local economy. The project is also assisting in the establishment of a sustainable, 100% local and 100% BEE Project Management Company for the South Coast region.
The most challenging aspect of the project is that the sites are very spread out, as the houses are being built on sites that have been allocated to the selected beneficiary by the Tribal Authority. This results in challenging logistics, as at any one time, three housing sites are being constructed at once. The majority of these sites are deep in the rural areas and are therefore inaccessible by vehicle, resulting in materials and concrete being carried through by hand by additional labour. These difficulties result in delays however, through perseverance and hard work, Idwala Carbonates is very proud of the 21 houses completed thus far. 21 Houses equates to a total of 131 individuals in 21 families having received a home, as the average family size is approximately 6 individuals to one family unit.
The total budget for this project equates to R 7 200 000.00 over a four year period.
BEFORE: The mud hut before the new house was built.
AFTER: The house built by Idwala at the time of handing it over to Mr & Mrs Motheolwa.