Houses on the rise

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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In celebration of World Habitat Day, Build Week kicked off in Pelican Park last week.

World Habitat Day reflects on the progress in human settlements and shelter rights worldwide.

The final phase of construction for around 400 breaking new ground houses in Pelican Park is expected to be completed by December.

The Pelican Park project includes 2024 totally subsidised homes, 760 starter homes selling for R375 500 each and 360 higher value homes selling from R497 500 to R700 000. The total cost of this development is about R700m, which includes government funding and private investment.

The Build Week is a collaborative effort between the City of Cape Town, Habitat for Humanity and Power Developments.

“The City would like to thank all volunteers and every organisation that [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 Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements.

The City has already handed over 1600 Pelican Park units.

“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 Van Minnen.

The Pelican Park development will incorporate 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 fronts onto the False Bay Ecology Park, which is open during daylight hours and provides opportunities for bird-watching and picnicking

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