City counts households

2017-08-15 06:00

A survey to understand the housing needs in Masiphumelele is underway.

The survey, which will be carried out by employees of the Expanded Public Works Programme, aims to “obtain an update of existing records and to verify” the City of Cape Town’s data, says Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South)

“We need to determine how many households are in the area,” he says.

“We commenced with the numbering process of the survey on Thursday 10 August. It should be noted that the community leadership was informed about the survey and the City also gave expanded public works programme opportunities to the community with regard to the needs of the survey process.”

The City is currently rolling out the phase 4 housing project, which is earmarked for qualifying applicants living in Masiphumelele backyards and the informal settlement situated in the wetland and will see the construction of 227 fully serviced sites with subsidised units. Due to delays in the civil works for the Masiphumelele housing project, it is expected that construction will begin at the end of the year (“Delay slows housing project”, People’s Post, 20 June).

The survey will be carried out over three months, and will cover all the informal areas in Masiphumelele, including the wetland area, Andrews says.

“All of the informal settlement dwellings in the area will be covered,” say Andrews. “It will assist the City in knowing the exact household count for any kind of service-related planning.”

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