Soon to break ground on new housing development

2019-05-02 06:01
Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela, City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato and deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zoe Kota-Fredericks during the launch of the Airport Precinct Catalytic Project.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela, City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato and deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zoe Kota-Fredericks during the launch of the Airport Precinct Catalytic Project.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A new housing project which will benefit Gugulethu residents and surrounding areas was launched on Tuesday morning.

They launched a housing project called the Airport Precinct Catalytic Project.

Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zoe Kota-Fredericks and Western Cape MEC for Human settlement Bonginkosi Madikizela visited the three sites that the housing project will be built on.

Two of the sites earmarked for development are situated in Gugulethu while the other one is in Tambo Square.

According to the provincial department of Human Settlements the project will benefit residents living in New Rest, Gxagxa, Kanana, Barcelona, Lusaka, Europe, Tambo Square, and Vukuzenzele, amongst other informal settlements.

The project will offer 9 000 housing opportunities made up of duplex and multi-storey walk-ups.

The development is part of the Southern Corridor Integrated Human Settlement Programme that is expected to provide 50 000 housing opportunities to residents within the City of Cape Town.

Madikizela said relocations and clearing of the various sites to make way for the development had already started.

“This is an important occasion as it shows how serious we are as government, both national and provincial, about developing this area,” he said.

Kota-Fredericks said she is very excited about the development in the area.

“This development is part of the national catalytic projects aimed at addressing the issue of housing,” she said.

She said as the national department they are satisfied that a contractor has been appointed on the project.

She said such developments do not only benefit beneficiaries but small and local construction companies benefit as well, through the creation of jobs.

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