Volunteers take up nails and hammer

2015-07-14 06:00
Several volunteers will assist in building more homes as part of Nelson Mandela international build week. The initiative is a joint venture between the City of Cape Town, Habitat for Humanity, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Power Construction.

Several volunteers will assist in building more homes as part of Nelson Mandela international build week. The initiative is a joint venture between the City of Cape Town, Habitat for Humanity, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Power Construction.

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Pelican Park will be the site for local volunteers to participate in the Nelson Mandela international build week.

City of Cape Town volunteers have already commenced work on the project and will also form part of Mandela Day celebrations.

“In a fitting tribute, the City is proud to announce that approximately 1500 ‘breaking new ground (BNG)’ units have already been handed over to beneficiaries of the Pelican Park integrated human settlements development,” says Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements.

“This forms part of our continued efforts to increase the delivery of housing opportunities as a means of enabling redress.”

The build week this week is a collaborative initiative between the City and Habitat for Humanity, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Power Construction.

It is expected that the remaining units – about 500 – will be handed over during December and early next year.

“Receiving the opportunity to own an asset is key to the empowerment of our previously disadvantaged residents and to the transformation of our city in general. There can be few greater tributes to the great man that we are honouring this week. His legacy continues to inspire us all to do more and to do better and to do it every minute of the year,” says Van Minnen.

The Pelican Park project is integrated across the full spectrum of affordability, with 2024 totally subsidised homes (BNG) being built alongside 760 starter gap housing selling for R320 000, and 360 higher value homes (bonded) valued from R480 000 to R700 000.

The total cost of this development is about R700m.

The development will include two new schools and a regional clinic, as well as two properties zoned as places of worship.

A commercial precinct was also opened in November last year in an effort to provide economic opportunities for the residents

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