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Cape Town construction worker electrocuted on housing development site

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An accident at the Forest Village Housing Development site led to the death of a contract worker who suffered electrocution. The Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers, on Tuesday, sent out his heartfelt condolences to the grieving family and friends.

What happened on the construction site?

The events leading to the accident are still being investigated by the department. Although it is believed that the container was being relocated and during this move, the man who has now passed on, was accidentally electrocuted. The department issued a statement and further explained that out of respect for the family, they will not be releasing the individual’s name.

“My heart and thoughts go out to the deceased man’s family, friends and colleagues. This is really an unfortunate incident. I will be visiting his family to personally express my commiserations.

I have also instructed my Department to launch an immediate investigation into this incident. Safety is a priority for us at all of our housing development sites. Through his involvement in this development, he has made a significant and positive contribution to the lives of many beneficiaries of this project.”

Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers

Photo: bridgesward from Pixabay
Cape Town housing development site accident. Photo: bridgesward from Pixabay

Who will be benefiting from this housing development

Currently, there are no further concrete details available. The Forest Village, the housing development site that housed this tragedy; is one of the Department’s Catalytic Projects. The project commenced in January 2016 and has received a budget allocation of R1,1 billion thus far.

The development consists of various types of units to cater for beneficiaries of different income levels and specific needs such as military veterans, Breaking New Ground (BNG) and Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) units.

The candidates who will be benefiting from this project are from the Airport Precinct, the N2 Gateway excess and Wards 16, 17, 108 and 114.

“We are committed to accelerating human settlement delivery, while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, resilient and sustainable human settlements in an open society.”

– Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers

(Source: The South African)

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