Moving mountains for IY housing project

2016-05-31 06:00
The City of Cape Town will be taking on the steep and mountainous terrain on which its new Imizamo Yethu housing project will be starting soon. The project is expected to have about 900 houses.

The City of Cape Town will be taking on the steep and mountainous terrain on which its new Imizamo Yethu housing project will be starting soon. The project is expected to have about 900 houses.

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The City of Cape Town is set to battle the steep and mountainous terrain on which its new Imizamo Yethu housing project will be starting soon.

If all goes according to plan, it is hoped that bulk earthworks will be under way by September.

Phase three of the Imizamo Yethu housing project, which will cost about R200m, is situated on the old forestry land between Imizamo Yethu and Hout Bay Main Road. It follows phases one and two which were completed a number of years ago and which, owing to the steep terrain, also required extensive earthworks though the creation of platforms to enable the construction of the subsidised housing units.

Benedicta van Minnen, mayco member for human settlements, says the City is now ready to move ahead with the next phase. “The challenging landscape, with its steep slopes and parts of the site reaching into the mountainous terrain, has been an obstacle that we’ve had to overcome. It has been quite a tough journey to get to this stage but our commitment to improving the living conditions of the people of Imizamo Yethu has kept us going,” says Van Minnen.

“We have had in-depth engagements with the community and we urge them to continue to work with us. We believe that the delivery of housing opportunities is the greatest way to drive redress and we are excited to get this project off the ground.”

This project is expected to deliver more than 900 housing units, comprising a mixture of subsidised houses and community residential unit flats that will be built for qualifying beneficiaries from the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement. The exact number could increase when the final yield becomes clearer, on completion of the detailed architectural design of the final stages.

Services and top structures on the old forestry land are expected to be completed by June 2019.

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