Oldies get title deeds at last

2015-10-29 06:00

Three senior citizens aged 78, 85 and 92, were among 20 beneficiaries who received title deeds for the Bardale serviced sites project in Mfuleni, on Tuesday.

Since 2008, more than 5 000 housing opportunities have already been issued to beneficiaries. All 5 681 serviced sites have been completed and the final beneficiaries will be moved onto their sites early next year. Nearly R200 million has been invested for this project.

The handover of 20 title deeds is an indication that the Bardale serviced sites project is a step closer to being home for all its beneficiaries.

This project consists of 5 681completed serviced sites and approximately 94% of these housing opportunities have already been issued to beneficiaries.Move next year

The final beneficiaries will be moved onto their sites early next year.

Over the years, families have been successfully relocated here and integrated from various communities, including Lwandle, Kosovo, Khayelitsha, Happy Valley, Maitland and Mfuleni.

Bardale is a serviced site development earmarked for emergency and urgent need cases, and its beneficiary allocation is guided by a Council resolution that was initially taken in 2006.

This project was initiated following an out of court settlement between the various spheres of government to relocate families living within the rail reserve in Khayelitsha.

The City secured the land from Communicare in May 2005. The project was approved and funding was secured from the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlements, under the Emergency Housing Programme.

Later the project was transferred to the City where R189 million in funding was provided under the Urban Settlements Development Grant.

‘Bardale is a beacon of hope to more than 5 000 beneficiaries who have already received housing opportunities since 2008.

This project has been a refuge for many families, including those who needed to be relocated due to emergency circumstances, particularly floods.

CommitmentDespite the challenges, Bardale is testament to the City’s commitment to enable redress through the provision of housing opportunities to some of our most vulnerable residents.

‘By handing over title deeds, the City is empowering beneficiaries to become property owners, which unlocks the economic opportunities that come with owning an asset.

The City will continue to make every effort to ensure that more housing opportunities are made available. Therefore we have gone full circle with the implementation of four People’s Housing Process (PHP) projects in Bardale this year so that we can provide formalised housing. A total of 80 houses have already been handed over to beneficiaries

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