Walmer land for township expansion to cost R300 million

The land that has been earmarked for the expansion of Walmer Township will cost the municipality in the region of R300 million to purchase.

This emerged from a special Mayoral Committee meeting yesterday, which was held to consider key items aimed at speeding up service delivery in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The land, which includes the Walmer Country Club and neighbouring Walmer Area Q (erf 11 305), was identified following a thorough assessment of the adjacent areas to the Walmer Township was done.

The value of the land was determined based on the cost of procuring it, as well as servicing the land, as it is currently not serviced and does not have the necessary infrastructure for people to inhabit.

According to the mayoral committee, the purchase of this land was crucial, as the area of Walmer Gqebera is presently land locked with no municipal land to expand onto for housing and human settlement purposes.

Mayoral spokesman Luncedo Njezula, said a project manager has been appointed by the Municipality to drive issues of development in Walmer Gqebera, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

The meeting resolved also that a social facilitator must be appointed with clear terms of reference to facilitate discussions between the municipality and its residents on matters of service delivery and stressed the importance of an integrated development plan for Walmer Gqebera.

The meeting resolved, owing to final ratification by the next full sitting of Council;

 a)    To re-plan Walmer Area Q phase 2 and G West and Airport Valley from the present higher density layouts to layouts that can accommodate RDP type development as well as necessary amenities as per required standards.

b)    To pursue the acquisition of the Walmer Country Club and neighbouring Walmer Area Q (erf 11 305)

c)    That the necessary budget provision be sourced inter-governmentally to fund these requirements