Families to move in this week

2016-05-24 06:00

The final touches are being put on the next 48 houses in the Heideveld housing project, with plans to move the families into these premises by the end of this week.

Currently, 30 of the 738 beneficiaries have moved in, with a few hiccups being experienced. However, the cases have been documented and dealt with, says ward 44 councillor Anthony Moses.

Moses says, following a recent visit to the site last week, the project manager from the City of Cape Town’s human settlements department, Clifton Carolus, is working out the final snag list before handing over the next batch of houses.

“They are busy putting in the lamp poles as well as the fencing. They are starting with a more permanent fencing and the important thing is that there was a discrepancy about the fencing,” he says.

“People asked if the fencing was too low, it is only about five slabs high. I was there and some of the community members are complaining that it is still very low. What they needed to understand that in the midst of the emergency, that when you apply for fencing with these five slabs, it is easy to install.”.

He says once there is a request to have a higher fence installed it becomes a land planning issue. This translates into longer waiting periods due to the added application process which needs to take place.

“What we have looked at is the emergency of the situation, where the area has been used as a walkthrough [sic]. The project manager was on site and there was a meeting with the beneficiaries as well as the community liaison officer on Thursday 19 May, before they even started to erect the fence. I think the clarity situation for the community is that this was an emergency type of thing so that we don’t have this walking in and out of the area unmonitored,” Moses adds.

Allegations arose that the community liaison officer (CLO) for a sister housing project in Hazendal is getting involved with the project in Heideveld, but it has emerged that the CLO was appointed by the contractor, Mellon Housing Initiatives (MHI), who runs both projects. According to a report by the City – tabled at a sitting of Subcouncil 11, of which ward 44 is a part of – the CLO has a signed contract with MHI and she has been redeployed in another capacity until that contract runs out.

Other than the sprouting up of structures, the landscape in and around the building site is earmarked for clearance.

“In terms of the project, the grass around the site has been cut. The other challenge that we have is that we have made an application to have the Port Jackson bushes to be removed. That is being done through the normal supply chain processes and I am in discussion with the provincial department as well in terms of that particular land and the maintenance of the land.”

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