Heinz Park ceilings done

2017-05-30 06:00
Heinz Park resident Constance Power is happy with her new ceiling. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

Heinz Park resident Constance Power is happy with her new ceiling. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

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More than 1000 Heinz Park homes are now a bit more comfortable following a R18m overhaul.

The City of Cape Town has spent this money on retrofitting ceilings in the homes. The aim of the project was to improve the living conditions of the beneficiaries who have been living in government-subsidised houses that were not fitted with ceilings when they were built between 1994 and 2005.

A total of 1142 houses were fitted with ceilings during this project.

Apart from fitting the houses with ceilings, roof leaks were fixed and improper ceiling lighting was improved to ensure that the newly installed ceiling is not damaged.

Houses without ceilings get either very hot or very cold in extreme weather conditions and beneficiaries also use a lot of electricity to warm themselves during winter. City officials corrected this shortcoming in the previous designs.

The retrofitting project involved the beneficiary removing all personal belongings and furniture from the house before the contractor could start with the installation work. The City also compensates the beneficiary for the day as part of the job creation programme.

“This project is one of the ways that the City is living up to its recently adopted organisational development and transformation plan, which prioritises the delivery of basic services through systems that will improve wellbeing and vitality,” says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban ­development.

“Residents living in these units can now enjoy the aesthetically pleasing interior as the white ceiling brightens up the room. The insulated ceilings couldn’t have come at a better time. With winter upon us, our residents can expect significantly warmer houses in the evening.”


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