Housing site delayed

2018-07-10 06:01

The R135m Dido Valley housing development that will see the construction of 600 houses, will only start during 2019, the City of Cape Town says.

This is due to the implementation dates that the City has had to revise before construction of the houses can begin.

“The civil works for the 600 houses have been completed but we had to realign the housing projects because the grant allocation that we receive from the national government was reduced.

“This is affecting the Dido Valley housing development in Simon’s Town. We had to revise the implementation dates and anticipate that the construction of the houses will start during 2019,” says Eddie Andrews, Mayco (South).

The Dido Valley housing development will be home to 600 beneficiaries, including 100 Luyolo land claimants, residents of Red Hill, those longest on the housing database from the Simon’s Town area and others who are currently living in Gugulethu and Ocean View.

“The Luyolo and Red Hill communities were torn apart as a result of the forced removals in 1967 and were moved to Ocean View and Gugulethu. It is therefore heart-warming to stand on site and know that this meaningful project is on track.

“We will continue to make every effort to ensure that this project remains on schedule as far as possible so that we can bring our residents back home, where they belong,” said Andrews after his first visit on site.

The construction phase for the top structures is expected to take 24 months.

“The R135m that we are spending includes all civil engineering services, bulk earthworks, top structures and electrical reticulation­.

“The beneficiary approvals are currently underway and once 80% finalised, the tender processes for the construction of the top structures can commence as well as the electricity reticulation,” said Andrews.

Last year the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works, which will enhance service delivery to our residents.

One of the key goals of the ODTP is reversing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.

“This project is an example of our ODTP words in action. As a local government, we want to assure our beneficiaries, particularly our land claimants, that we are committed to reconciliation and redressing the inequalities of the past,” says Mayco member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the next milestone for this project with our beneficiaries, which will be the start of the construction phase next year.”

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