Half of unique homes built

2015-06-02 06:00
Another group of beneficiaries are being given homes in Ocean View, marking the halfway point in the stonemasonry housing project.

Another group of beneficiaries are being given homes in Ocean View, marking the halfway point in the stonemasonry housing project.

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The Ocean View stonemasonry homes project has reached the halfway mark as five more beneficiaries moved in last week.

Over 270 houses have been handed over to beneficiaries from Mountain View informal settlement and Ocean View.

The first beneficiaries moved into their homes in April last year and the remaining 199 houses of the project are estimated to be completed by March next year. This brings the total number of houses to 543, at a cost of R46m.

“Each time we are able to hand over one of these beautiful stonemasonry homes to residents who have patiently waited their turn, it is the most rewarding experience, because each home provides one more family an opportunity to enjoy a dignified life and contributes to our efforts of redress in the city,” says Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements.

The Ocean View housing project is the first of its kind in the country, owing to its unique process and unusual solution of using natural materials found on site, Van Minnen says.

The project uses Table Mountain sandstone excavated from the site to build resource-efficient homes for the beneficiaries. The project was selected as a World Design Capital 2014 project.

The project has also created job opportunities and training, with 30 residents, including three women, trained in stonemasonry.

“The use of stone material found on site called for a different way of thinking about building materials. With this project, we are finding that innovative solutions to challenges can ultimately improve the quality of the houses that we deliver and also ensure that we continue to deliver houses in a sustainable matter,’ says Van Minnen

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