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One of the first appointments of Mayor-designate Yona Yahav is Dr. Assaf Gastfreund, who has been appointed chairman of Yaffe Nof. Yaffe Nof is a municipal company owned by the Haifa Municipality, whose goal is to plan, design and carry out urban development throughout the city. Yaffe Nof is responsible for the construction and rehabilitation of roads, bridges and interchanges, urban infrastructure, construction of schools, gardens and other public buildings.

In recent years, the situation of the Yaffe Nof company has been deteriorating, and without a doubt, Gastfreund has a lot of work ahead of it.

The deterioration of Yaffe Nof company in the last 5 years

The Yaffe Nof company was severely damaged during the 5 years of the term of the mayor Dr. Einat Kalish Rotem. In July 2020, the Ministry of Transportation informed the Yaffe Nof company that it was terminating the contract with it and the joint projects they had would be transferred to other infrastructure companies. The explanations for this step were unusual Finances and schedules of other projects The main projects, transferred to other syllables, were the matron tracks.

The Yaffe Nof company tried to avoid reaching this moment but without success. From the moment Klish Rotem was elected mayor there was friction between her and the Ministry of Transportation and the assumption was that this did not contribute to the relationship between the Ministry of Transportation and the Yaffe Nof company.

The first friction was immediately upon Kalish Rotem's entry into office, when she canceled in the blink of an eye a flagship project with a financial scope of approximately 4 billion NIS for the construction of a subway route on the axis of the Carmel Ridge. The cancellation of the contract between Yaffe Nof and the Ministry of Transportation put Yaffe Nof in a very difficult situation , compared to the time of the designated mayor Yona Yahav, in which Haifa received huge budgets, which allowed the Yaffe Nof company to do large projects in the city, such as the heroes road and the development of the port.

Collected by Gastfreund

Gastfreund (44) is in fourth place on Yahav's list. Assaf is a real estate appraiser and a lawyer and he served as the chairman of the Haifa and the North district of the Real Estate Appraiser's Office. He also recently completed a doctorate in real estate at the University of Haifa. In Hai Pa we interviewed Assaf regarding the Yaffe Nof company.

What are your plans for Yaffe Nof?

"I have many plans, ambitions and hopes. My goal is to bring Yaffe Nof to a better position than it was 5 years ago. 5 years ago it had a turnover of billions of shekels and today it is in bad shape and there is a lot of work to be done.'

How are you going to achieve this?

"First of all, we need to establish Jerusalem's trust in Haifa and vice versa. On the eve of the victory, Mayor-designate Yona Yahav said that he was informing the government that the disconnect between Jerusalem and Haifa had ended. He is 100% right."

What are you going to start with?

"I'll tell you what my grandmother used to say: "I'll start at the beginning." There is a list of very large projects, which were interrupted because they were identified with the designated mayor Yona Yahav, and I intend to examine them. One of them is the cable car project. The cable car was planned for several sections. One section was built and the rest were cut off, because they were identified with Yahav. We have one cable car from the check post to the university, but there are other sections to the lower city and the center of Carmel. Our goal is that the cable car will also be practical for the residents of Haifa, so we will examine and promote the project.'

Besides the cable car, what else are you planning for Yaffe Nof?

"The roads in Haifa definitely require massive rehabilitation. Let's start with the busier roads with the greater traffic where the residents feel the problems in waves. there is a lot of work. I've been studying the company for a few weeks now.

I asked in advance to be in Bipa Nof, I didn't want a salaried position. I'm looking to do If it combines with doing good for Haifa, then it's a celebration after all. When I look at the municipal corporations - Yaffe Nof is the one with the biggest interface to my field of practice. I thought this was where I could contribute the most.'

Have you started working yet?

"Yahav called me at 6:30 in the morning, and told me to open a notebook and write down ideas and names of people with whom I would meet, and to start working. We don't have time to wait.'

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Michal Grover
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  1. Let's just see if the commitments made before the elections regarding the city engineer will be fulfilled. As I recall, he was promised that he was going home!

  2. You will still miss the cliché, there was never and never will be a straight line like her
    It is known that the local government is a corrupt thing
    Unfortunately, a Zionist will not know how to be a fighting opposition
    Just not cliché? The Haifa people are no different from the rest of the country,
    They hate Bibi but for some reason he will be elected again

  3. who first checks the level of slaughter in Ypa Nof. We need a supervisory body to check punctuality and the quality of the work. As far as I know, Nof is a bad company that does bad work at a high price. So before new projects are started, make sure that whoever implements them does not steal our taxes

    • Yaffe Nof was a bad company, that's why they took away all the projects from it, since then they replaced the CEO and all the seniors in the company, today Yaffe Nof is a 180% different company than it was, from experience

  4. Good luck Assaf... it's a pity for the 5 wasted years we spent with a cliché that simply destroyed every good part that was still left in the city... now we must work fast and hard to reduce gaps.

  5. It's time to pave the roads not just make patches. I live in AH Silver. The whole road is destroyed in the street. Patches patches. Good luck to the new chairman.

  6. What about the promotion of the roads in the closed neighborhoods?
    They finally started to work a lot. But there is much more.
    The most important thing is to open 100 meters from Sabioni Dania to Ramat Alon. and open in Dania towards the sea.
    This will relieve many burdens in Baba Khushi, a perpetually congested Horeb junction and Moriah.

  7. Almost everything written about Yaffe Nof's problems in the article is not true. There is no longer any strength to correct the amount of slips.
    This is a fundamentally rotten company - there was almost nothing to restore there. A bad company, only in Matrona a billion and a half shekels "disappeared".
    Very serious reports by the State Comptroller about the performance of Yaffe Nof and her matron's failings - what does this have to do with the cliché?
    Dr. Shamai from Land does not understand transportation, does not understand transportation infrastructure management, does not understand a strategic plan for transportation.
    The main thing comes out in the announcements "the disconnection is over" and nonsense like "a cable car to the lower city". come on…
    Public relations reporter in Shekel.

    • If you think you are more suitable, instead, present your candidacy for the position. By the way, and I may be wrong, I have never seen a positive response from you, everything is always negative.

    • Hi Ora. Positive responses in the field of transportation will be received from me and many others, when there is a strategic plan for the municipality of Haifa that is geared towards encouraging public transportation, pedestrians, the high-speed train tunnel, the implementation of bike lane plans and the shortening of the long lines of over an hour in Haifa between central stations, streamlining and accuracy and increasing the frequency of lines in high demand, shuttles To train stations, Carmelit line 2 like the metro in Tel Aviv...and closing streets for walking. All of these exist in Tel Aviv's strategic plan for transportation. Before going on interviews about Haifa, you should come with basic knowledge. Before making statements, he will take 3-4 days to tour with professionals in Tel Aviv because there is a lot to learn from this program

  8. Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. Good luck to the new chairman and no less good luck to Haifa's roads (Horev Junction, Dori, Nahal HaGivori and dozens more) that are crying out and begging for restoration.

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