Delay in housing

2016-03-01 06:00
One person died and 538 residents Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay were left homeless after a fire on Saturday. The deceased was burnt beyond recognition. The affected people have to be accommodated at a nearby community hall. PHOTO: Thula Thula HOUT BAY

One person died and 538 residents Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay were left homeless after a fire on Saturday. The deceased was burnt beyond recognition. The affected people have to be accommodated at a nearby community hall. PHOTO: Thula Thula HOUT BAY

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Residents of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay will have to wait another year before some can get houses.

This after they faced yet another fire this weekend.

The third phase of the local housing project has been delayed to the next financial year. R6m has been budgeted for the project and construction was supposed to be completed in 2019.

Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for human settlements, says the delay is due to a change in the project to include “breaking new ground” houses. This was requested by community representatives. A subsequent survey indicated there was indeed a need for both rental flats and fully owned houses in Imizamo Yethu.

A total of 900 units, a mix of the breaking new ground subsidised houses and rental flats, are supposed to come out of the project. Residents of Imizamo Yethu will be the main beneficiaries.

Bheki Hadebe, ward councillor of Hout Bay, says he is not happy about the delay.

“This has been in planning for a long time now. To make the people wait yet another year is just playing with their emotions. Fires happen a lot here, so we really need the project to be fast-tracked, but that is not happening.

“I hope in the next meeting we will get proper details and dates of the milestones and how everything will be done,” he says.

The appointment of a civil service contractor will take until the third quarter of this year, Van Minnen says.

Construction of the whole project will take about three and a half years, she says.

A detailed report on this third phase of the Imizamo Yethu housing project is expected to be submitted at the next subcouncil meeting on Monday 14 March.

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