SA Affordable Housing November / December 2016 // Issue: 61 - Page 30

ADVERTORIAL The first phase of Aloe Ridge in Pietermaritzburg’s Westgate Grange has been constructed from Corobrik’s Burnt Apricot and Montana Travertine face brick. Geolock has been used for retaining walls. Aloe Ridge: Pietermaritzburg’s largest all-facebrick social housing project Hundreds of families in the Westgate Grange area of Pietermaritzburg will soon have access to affordable housing with the completion of Aloe Ridge, the largest social housing project in the city constructed entirely of Corobrik facebrick. C onceptualised by non-profit organisation Msunduzi Housing Association (MHA), construction of Aloe Ridge began in November 2014 in an effort to provide much-needed reasonably-priced rental accommodation for the lower to middle-income earners in the area. of May 2017,” explains Ivor Caldecott, chief executive officer of MHA . “There is a huge housing demand for households earning between R2 000 and R7 500 monthly but not enough competitive private sector initiatives meeting this demand. Through this development, we hope to make a significant dent in this market.” MHA is a social housing institution committed to meeting the needs of the community and, in addition to the conceptualisation and design of the project, MHA completed all the relevant funding applications, owns and oversees the development and will manage all the tenancies going forward. Caldecott said that, in addition to the provision of housing, Aloe Ridge will create 500 jobs for unskilled labour during the construction phase, as well as full-time, permanent employment for six general workers, six cleaners, six security guards, a housing supervisor, two letting agents and one rental administration upon completion. “We anticipate completion of the entire project by the end See page 30 for more. 28 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2016 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING