Technical glitches in housing project

2015-08-06 06:00

SOME beneficiaries in the Merlewood Housing Project have had to reapply for houses due to an error in the documents.

The affected beneficiaries’ details contained incorrect surnames.

They were told by Hibiscus Coast Municipality officials that they would have to re-submit their applications.

After doing so in June, the beneficiaries have still not received feedback from HCM.

The applicants were told they would have to wait for the next phase of the project and would not be entitled to houses in the first phase, which is nearly complete.

The Fever carried the story in the 30 July issue.

HCM responded to the query saying that the initial project encompassed the building of 541 houses in 1994 however, this had to be reduced to 372 houses in 2001.

“A decision was then taken that the project should be kept at 235 low-cost residential sites and the balance of sites be earmarked for middle-income houses,” said HCM spokesperson Simon April.

A new application was then made to the MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works for this and the project was approved on 15 December, 2010.

“In the process of verifying and confirming beneficiaries between the first and second approved projects, some inconsistencies were identified, and the administrative processes also experienced technical glitches,” he said.

“The municipality then requested the Department of Human Settlements to cancel the first project, which was when some beneficiaries failed verification searches, and have been requested to reapply,” he added

April added that priority has given to 67 approved beneficiaries who appear on the current status report and who will be the first to occupy the existing units.

“The new applicants will occupy newly constructed units.

The municipality holds bi-monthly meetings with the project steering committee and schedules community meetings on a monthly basis when beneficiaries are kept up to date,” he said

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