The long wait for a Mountain View home

2016-08-02 06:00

An Ocean View resident is fuming after being told she has been “taken off” the beneficiary list for the Mountain View housing project.

Patricia Daniels, who currently lives in a council flat, was approved as a beneficiary for the first phase of the development.

However, she declined to take up her home in the first phase, as her employer was ill and she felt the house would be too small for all her furniture.

She sent a letter to the City’s housing department in November 2013, explaining this. The letter clearly indicated that Daniels wished to remain a beneficiary and requested that she remain on the housing waiting list for a home in Phase 2 of the development. However, after receiving no communication regarding her place in the second phase, Daniels approached the office at the project. She was then informed that she was “no longer on the list” and that “her house had been given away”.

City of Cape Town’s Mayco member for human settlements, Benedicta Van Minnen, says: “Daniels indicated that she didn’t want a house in the ‘present phase’ due to it’s size and that she felt it was too small in that she wouldn’t be able to extend horizontally and that the house would be too small for her furniture. The City can confirm that the applicant’s name has not been removed from the housing database as an applicant’s name would not be removed from the database because they aren’t interested in a project. However, the City would not be able to assist the applicant if the project quota has been reached for a particular project,” she says.

If the project manager requires more names for this project because the project quota has not been reached, the applicant could be considered, says Van Minnen.

“Daniels can still be considered for other projects provided that the beneficiary names for the project have not already been extracted and that the applicants have not already been allocated. The minimum size for Breaking New Ground (BNG), subsidised housing is 40m² in size which will probably result in the applicant having the same dilemma in terms of the size of the allocated house.”

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