Resettlement

Home Replacements

 

A total of 6 356m2 of floor area was replaced at the Dam (free choice) and Host Area.  over 200 housing structures were replaced each at a rate of E/R1,480 per m2.  

 

The success of the ERC in controlling homeowners to build their replacement homesteads let to the model being adopted for the Host Area.  Over 100 housing structures in 65 homesteads were constructed at the Host Area.

 

The ERC and the affected people gained confidence in their ability to carry out various tasks.  They demanded more work, which was earmarked for private contractors.  At present, they can plant sugar cane themselves.  They also took over the fencing contract, where they put in place their own sub-contractor.  They also build the community church and completed the interiour of the Agricultural Shed.

 

The Project provided training skills and technical support to the affected homesteads for the first three years of farming their agricultural fields. This enabled them to gain skills to farm fields in a sustainable manner.

 

The success of the Maguga Dam Resettlement program is owed to the dedication of the Ekuvinjelweni people led by the ERC and should serve as a model for development in the country and elsewhere.  The Project managed to save costs through the assistance of the ERC and willing partners.  It is hoped that this spirit will prevail through to the difficult part of social development