The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Aldm Gordon April and the Mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn a Dutch twin sister held a sod turning ceremony on Friday, 04 October 2013, to mark the beginning of the construction for 250 Social Rental Housing Units arranged in two and three-storey walk-ups, for the people of the Greater Oudtshoorn.
“This is another project that shows the Oudtshoorn Municipality cares about its people, for a long time, the income group that will benefit from this project had not been catered for, it is therefore delightful to be launching this unique Housing project,” said the Aldm Gordon April during the Sod turning.
“The succulent plants that are currently covering an open space where the housing units will be built, will be re-planted in other areas and donated to local schools as part of my campaign to contribute to the greening of the Greater Oudtshoorn,” Aldm April added.
The identified area for the housing project is an open space in Voortrekker Road also adjacent to the Môrester High School in Voortrekker Road.
The Mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn, Bas Eenhoorn said during the Sod Turning: “We are impressed what is ahead of you, as housing is one of the problems facing Oudtshoorn”. He added, turning to the Aldm April, “Everyone needs to be safe, to be in a home, it is not easy because thousands of people that live in Oudtshoorn want houses.”
In his conclusion, Mayor Eenhoorn said: “We are happy to be working with you in this project; it’s great honour to be doing the sod turning here today.”