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SABCnews.com - politics/the_provinces

SABCnews.com - politics/the_provinces

ECape premier admits to poor housing delivery

Premier Nosimo Balindlela says governemnt falls short on housing deliveryJanuary 19, 2008, 16:00
Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela has admitted that the ANC government has performed poorly on housing delivery in the province. She has told a 1000-strong crowd during the ANC's 92 years celebrations at Mount Ayliff that some service providers did shoddy work. Last year, Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu visited a collapsing RDP project at Ugie after complaints of poor workmanship. Balindlela says an investigation into misused funds is underway.

:: The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) :: The Skills Revolution – are we making progress?

:: The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) :: The Skills Revolution – are we making progress?

Artisan training

South Africa suffers from a declining and aging artisan workforce.
In 1975, 33 000 apprentices were registered in South Africa: by the year 2000 there were only 3 000;
The average age of artisans is 54 years: in terms of one estimate, 70 per cent of current employed artisans will exit the labour force over the next five to six years;
JIPSA’s research estimates that South Africa currently produces about 5 000 artisans a year, which will have to rise to 12 500 a year for the next four years to meet demand for a projected increase of 30 000 over the period 2007 to 2010.
The apprenticeship system was associated with the apartheid workplace, and after 1994 many in government felt that artisan skills would be of little importance in the skills base of the ‘new economy’ which was to emerge. Out of a desire to reach employment equity targets and address youth unemployment, most lea…

The Herald Online **News**

The Herald Online **News**

AFTER a two-decade battle, a Port Elizabeth entrepreneur‘s award-winning instant houses have finally broken into the local market.
Hennie Botes‘s housing moulds – which enable a house to be built in a day – have been sold to developers across the world.
The concept has also won a subsidy housing merit award at the Innovation Housing Competition sponsored by the National Homebuilders Registration Council and Absa Bank.
But the South African government, with a backlog of more than two million homes, did not buy into the idea. Until now.
Eastern Cape Local Government and Housing MEC Toko Xasa has asked that Botes‘s housing moulds, called Moladi, be used to replace six low-cost houses in Uitenhage and Despatch.
Xasa‘s spokesman, Phumlani Mdolomba, confirmed the project.
“If we like it, we will build about 500 houses using the same technology in the area,” he said.
Nelson Mandela Bay local government and housing district director Thembinkosi Myalato said the technology w…