70 houses coming to Ntantala Road

2016-03-01 06:00

The development of housing in Masiphumelele will see 70 units built in Ntantala Road.

The development – which will consist of fully owned, “breaking new ground” houses – will be a mix of double- and single-storey houses, says Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for human settlements.

“The size of the units will be 40m², excluding the space needed for staircases. Each unit will have two bedrooms, one bathroom and a living room/kitchen,” she says.

The houses will be on the same erf as a crèche currently under construction in a partnership between the City, Masicorp and the Rotary Club of Newlands.

Masicorp CEO Andrew Smith previously told People’s Post that the new pre-school would provide a place for 120 children and was expected to open in January next year (“Crèche for 120 children coming”, 4 August 2015).

The centre will have four classrooms with modern facilities like a kitchen, bathrooms and office, Smith says. The project will cost about R3.5m. The new pre-school will be operated by Rainbow Crèche, which will relocate from an informal structure in Masiphumelele, Smith says.

The 70 houses, developed in phase four of Masiphumelele’s housing project, are in addition to another 156 houses build in the wetlands area. These will be built in the first stage of the housing project, while 96 units will be built in stage two.

The estimated cost of the project is R36m and will be constructed over two years (“New houses planned”, People’s Post, 12 January).

An established project steering committee comprises representatives of the beneficiaries, community organisations and City officials, Van Minnen says.

“Policy dictates that the committee must agree on and recommend an allocation split. This allocation split must accommodate applicants on the database within the targeted area, households from informal settlements within the targeted area, applicants with special needs and applicants earliest on the database across the city,” she says.

Construction of the houses is expected to start in August, says Van Minnen.

“There will be two tenders: the first for bulk earthworks and internal civil services and the second for top structures, electrical reticulation and street lighting,” she explains. The first tender will be advertised soon.

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