Hostels get a facelift

2019-05-30 06:00

Astaggering R320 million has been set aside for the next phase of the hostel transformation programme in the worst affected hostels in Langa, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Mfuleni and Lwandle, the City of Cape Town says.

The next phase of the programme is set to start next year with an estimated 660 new apartments at the special quarters and new flats in Langa.

So far, a whopping R250 million has been spent on the programme, with 463 new apartments having been built.

The programme is designed to renovate and upgrade hostels that were built for male migrants during apartheid.

Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi said they are hoping to have a panel of consultants in place by August to do the planning.

He said the panel will look at Nyanga, Langa, Gugulethu and develop a plan for all the areas.

“We are going to need all affected parties and stakeholders to work with us and to act in a manner that is to the benefit as many beneficiaries as possible. We need to follow a systematic approach as we cannot do all of the areas at the same time”, he said.

Booi said good community cooperation will be key going forward. He said through the programme they hope to provide dignity and humanity to scores of people whose lives were ruined during the apartheid era.

The announcement has received mixed emotions from local councillors.

Ward 52 councillor Samkelo John said he feels that the money is too little. “The conditions most of these hostels are in are very bad. This money will not fix everything,” he said.

He said the City must speed up the process and add more money to the programme.

Ward 39 councillor Khaya Yozi said they welcome the next phase because they have been putting pressure on the City to do something. Yozi added that most hostels are in a “terrible state” and are overcrowded.

“Hostels get neglected when it comes to development,” he said.

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