Housing plans steam ahead

2016-06-21 06:00

A dilapidated building is up for demolition to make way for housing under the phase four housing project in Masiphumelele.

Located on erf 1912, the former ablution facility needs to be demolished to make it possible for civil engineering services to be constructed on the site for the housing development.

The erf was previously used as a sport facility, but was dedicated to housing when a sports centre was developed in the community in 2012, a recent report to the South Peninsula Subcouncil states.

“The proposed demolition will unlock the development of the potential of the land as part of the Masiphumelele phase four project,” the report states.

The facility “is prone to invasion”, the report continues, and was occupied illegally by eight people at one stage. They were relocated in February and the building has been used informally as a recycling depot for glass and aluminium cans.

“The building, being dilapidated, is not viable for any use in its present state,” the report says.

The development, which will consist of fully-owned “breaking new ground” houses, will be a mix of 70 double- and single-storey units built in Ntantala Road (“70 houses coming to Ntantala Road”, People’s Post, 1 March).

Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for human settlements, previously told People’s Post that the size of the units will be 40m², excluding the space needed for staircases. Each unit will have two bedrooms, one bathroom and a living room/kitchen.

The houses will be on the same erf as a crèche recently constructed in a partnership between the City, Masicorp and the Rotary Club of Newlands. The R4m project provides tuition for 120 preschool learners (“New Rainbow ECD up and running”, People’s Post, 3 May)

The 70 houses, developed in phase four of the Masiphumelele’s housing project, are in addition to another 156 houses to be built in the wetlands area. These will be built in the first stage of the housing project, while 96 units will be built in stage two. The estimated cost of the project is R36m and will be constructed over two years (“New houses planned”, People’s Post, 12 January).

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