Housing still on schedule

2017-12-12 06:01
The civil works for the Dido Valley housing development are complete.PHOTOs: Bruce Sutherland/ City of Cape Town

The civil works for the Dido Valley housing development are complete.PHOTOs: Bruce Sutherland/ City of Cape Town

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The civil works for the 600 houses in the City of Cape Town’s Dido Valley housing development in Simon’s Town have been completed.

Construction of the top structures is expected to start in April.

Beneficiaries of this project will include residents of Redhill, 100 Luyolo land claimants and those from the Simon’s Town area who have been on the housing database longest, says Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews, who recently did a site inspection.

“The Luyolo and Redhill 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,” he says.

The construction phase for the top structures is expected to take two years.

“The R135m 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,” says Andrews.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, adds: “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. 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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