Looking Back At 1997
The clinic is finished, and will be open for business in 1998. (L-r) Ajay Singh, Zaahid Mall and Peter Govender of Azcon Projects who were responsible for building the clinic, admire their work.
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There are several areas that are the key to creating an environment in which successful development can happen. In all of these areas there has been significant progress during the course of 1997.
"The Land Claims settlement was another breakthrough because it allowed key projects to proceed.
the consolidation of land in Wiggins is progressing well, which will enable
the land to be legally transferred to the new home owners in the area,"
"Another major breakthrough was the approval of the Business Plan in October for the first phase of the projects to be funded by the EU money," said Clive.
"There has also been a series of precinct plans put in place, including the University land, the Central Node, Chesterville Extension and preliminary work on Booth Road Central."
and Human Resources Development:
A home ownership education programme will begin in the New Year, and a job opportunity bureau has been established to improve access to economic opportunities.
Completed projects include the following:-
Projects currently under construction include the following:-
Major projects scheduled to start in the first half of 1998 include:-
"In 1998 we want to see all those 90 projects that we have been working on actually built. I don't know if people are aware that a lot of work is done on a project before it reaches the construction phase. In fact the actual construction of a project comes right at the end, and it is often the easiest part of the job," said Clive.
Despite the fact that there were a number of noteworthy highlights, there were also some disappointments in 1997.
"A big disappointment this year is that we have not been able to get into a stable and productive working relationship with the Old Dunbar and Cato Crest community structures. We are dismayed at the lack of trust and the instability of the local leadership, and consequently we have not been able to build a team," said Clive.
"We had high hopes of getting the Cato Crest housing project started but we are in a deadlock."
He said the way forward was for the leadership to stabilise, and for a sound working relationship to be forged between the CMDA, the project team and the local community.
"There's no other way. A successful housing project, especially one that involves a lot of technical difficulties such as Cato Crest, can only come about through a partnership", said Clive.
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