Calm restored at construction site

2019-03-26 06:01
Members of the Manenberg Action Group engaging with City’s mayoral committee member Malusi Booi.

Members of the Manenberg Action Group engaging with City’s mayoral committee member Malusi Booi.

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Construction is continuing despite disruptions by a community group which blocked builders entering the site in Manenberg.

This was after intervention by Mayco member for human settlements, Malusi Booi, after he engaged with The Manenberg Action Group on Monday 18 March.

Booi explained to members of the group that their grievances have been noted and that the City would appreciate it if they lodged them by way of a formal channel. That will enable the City to investigate if it deems necessary, using its open and transparent manner.

According to Booi, if people interfere in the construction of this project in any way, their actions are illegal or detrimental to most of the beneficiaries and community will not be acceptable.

He said that being in the area gave him a chance to engage with residents and to listen to their queries and concerns.

The housing project which will cost R70m, with an additional R9m rand for electricity, has already seen a total of 217 community members benefit from top structures (houses) and a few more units are close to completion.

Spreading a message of unity and calm he said: “We look forward to working with this pressure group to ensure that the law is upheld and that we are able to provide assistance to our people in the fairest and structured way possible.

We urge the group not to interfere with the workers and to allow the construction to continue.”

Mayor Dan Plato also weighed in on the matter and said: “We hope that a solution to the situation can be found and that the law and due process is upheld without any material delays to the project.”

Booi also outlined the City’s allocation policy, which is in accordance with national legislation, that is followed when the allocation of houses is done.

The policy is also accompanied by the housing database to ensure that housing opportunities are given to qualifying applicants in a fair, transparent and equitable manner and to prevent them from jumping the queue.

Potential beneficiaries must be registered on the housing database and must:

.Be a South African citizen or permanent resident of South Africa;

.Be over 18-years-old;

.Be married or be a co-habiting partner, or else have dependents (this does not apply to applicants over the age of 60 or who have disabilities);

.Have a combined income of less than R3 500 per month to qualify for state-assisted housing;

.Never have owned a property before;

.Be competent to enter into a contract;

.Never have benefitted from a government housing subsidy before.

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