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ANGLOPLAT SET TO BUILD 20.000 HOUSES (South Africa)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 14, 2008

November 14, 2008

by Justin Brown

Johannesburg – Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) would build up to 20 000 houses for employees at its mines in the next five to 10 years, the company said yesterday.

The plan, estimated to cost R4 billion at current prices, is a response to the mining charter requirement that single-sex hostels be eradicated.

Papillon Motswenyane, Angloplat’s senior manager of housing, said the sum would be made up of R1.6 billion in state housing subsidies and Angloplat contributions, and R2.4 billion in employee contributions.

“Angloplat’s intention is to reduce its employees’ dependence on company accommodation and promote home ownership,” he said. “Angloplat wants to introduce employee assisted housing.”

Neville Nicolau, Angloplat’s chief executive, said the group wanted to provide its employees with a reasonable alternative to hostel accommodation. “A large number of employees do not have housing,” he added.

Nicolau said the housing plans would help reunite workers and their families and reduce squatter camps adjacent to Angloplat’s mines in North West and Limpopo.

The group would subsidise the cost of land and services provided to employees who took up the housing schemes.

Angloplat yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the department of housing. Kaba Kabagambe, the deputy director-general of housing, said the department viewed the memorandum as “a major milestone”.

A key constraint for the department had been the availability of suitable land, he said.

The first phase of the scheme would create 15 000 jobs, Kabagambe added.

Until now six to 10 workers have shared a hostel room. In the hostels the number of people sharing a room will decline to two and eventually to a single person per room within five years.

Angloplat has already built just over 1 000 houses, including 721 in Rustenburg and 86 in Thabazimbi, near its Amandelbult and Union mines.

Angloplat might need to build a further 10 000 houses as it transfers work done by contractors to its own employees.

Angloplat rose 0.36 percent to R414.50 yesterday. The platinum sector lost 2.92 percent

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PUBLISHED BY ‘BUSINESS REPORT’ (South Africa)

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