City happy with housing progress

2015-10-13 06:00
Michael Mamabolo gives Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements, a lesson in bricklaying.

Michael Mamabolo gives Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements, a lesson in bricklaying.

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Volunteers helped to build houses at the Pelican Park housing project last week.

They worked as part of Build Week, which is held in celebration of World Habitat Day, which was marked on Monday last week.

The final phase of construction for about 400 breaking new ground (BNG) houses at Pelican Park should be completed by December.

The final phase of construction at this integrated housing development is progressing well, the City of Cape Town says.

About 1600 families have already received subsidised homes there.

“When these houses are handed over, it gives previously disadvantaged residents the opportunity to own an asset, which is key to their empowerment and to the transformation of our city in general,” says Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements.

“The City, with the support of our partners, is making every effort to enable redress through increased delivery of housing opportunities to our vulnerable residents. This project is testament to the need for partnerships between government and the private sector to balance the dynamics of the housing market,” she adds.

The Pelican Park project includes 2024 totally subsidised (BNG) homes being built alongside 760 starter homes (so-called gap housing) selling for R375 500 each and 360 higher value (bonded) homes valued from R497 500 to R700 000.

The total cost of the development is about R700m. The development, which was accorded “gold star” status in the mayor’s portfolio for sustainable development, incorporates provision for two new schools and a regional clinic, as well as two properties zoned as places of worship.

A business hub was also opened in November last year in an effort to enable economic opportunities for residents.

There are generous open spaces within the development itself and safe courtyards encircled by houses.

The development also fronts onto the False Bay Ecology Park, which residents can enter during daylight hours. It provides pleasant opportunities for bird-watching and picnicking while overlooking the Zee­koevlei.

World Habitat Day is a United Nations initiative that is celebrated annually to reflect on the progress in human settlements and shelter rights worldwide.

Build Week was a collaborative initiative between the City of Cape Town, Habitat for Humanity and Power Developments.

“The City would like to thank all volunteers and every organisation who (participated) in Build Week. By being a part of this project, they are building more than just houses, they are contributing towards building better lives and better futures for some of our most vulnerable residents, many of whom were denied home ownership under the apartheid regime,” says Van Minnen.

Van Minnen joined the construction team on Thursday to build houses.

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