Housing project on schedule

2020-02-06 06:01
From left Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi, mayor Dan Plato and ward 92 councillor Xolisa Peter.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

From left Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi, mayor Dan Plato and ward 92 councillor Xolisa Peter.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Work is continuing at two sites earmarked for housing development in Khayelitsha.

The sites, at Mew Way Site 87Q situated at the corner of Mazizi and Mfundisweni streets and Ntlazane Site 86Q at the corner of Ncumo and Ntlazane streets, were handed over to two construction companies, eight months ago, for the installation of the underground infrastructure.

The services include roads, stormwater, water and sewer infrastructure.

The project will provide 901 qualifying beneficiaries with state-subsidised houses. This is a multi-year project and approximately R114 million will be used for the construction of the houses.

According to the City of Cape Town 50% of the work on-site has been completed and this phase is expected to be finished by September, if all goes according to plan.

Mayor Dan Plato and Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi visited the two sites on Friday 31 January to inspect progress.

Booi said it is good to see the project progressing well because it is one step closer to the start of construction and beneficiaries occupying their homes.

He said he is looking forward to returning to the site to hand over keys to beneficiaries.

He said the project will create jobs for residents as contractors will employ local enterprises and labour who are registered on the subcouncil database.

“Over the coming months we encourage the community to continue to support and work together with the City to ensure that this project stays on schedule so that we are able to celebrate the handover soon,” said Booi.

Ward 92 councillor Xolisa Peter said the beneficiaries from her ward will be people who have been on the housing database for a long time and people with special needs and senior citizens.

She said so far they have not encountered any problems and that things are running smoothly because they have involved the community.

Plato said the project is testament to the City’s commitment to redress and service delivery through the provision for housing opportunities.

He said when homes are built for vulnerable residents they are empowered as first-time property owners.

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