Masi residents move into new homes

2019-10-22 06:00
Malusi Booi hands over house keys to new homeowner, Nontshizane Vena, with Felicity Purchase.

Malusi Booi hands over house keys to new homeowner, Nontshizane Vena, with Felicity Purchase.

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A total of 85 beneficiaries moved into their new homes last week, as part of the Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project.

Two of the beneficiaries who received keys included Nontshizane Vena (74) and Nomayalo Ntsinga (73). They were both thrilled to move into their new homes which are situated on the same street.

The handover was a first for the housing project, which will soon be home to 227 qualifying beneficiaries from the area, which include the wetland informal settlement, when completed.

The City of Cape Town expressed their content and pride for the milestone that has been achieved.

“It was pleasing to see these first-time homeowners receive their keys and move into their new homes so successfully today. It’s especially meaningful as the word Masiphumelele means ‘let us succeed’ in isiXhosa,” said Mayco member for human settlements, Malusi Booi,

“These homes will improve the living conditions of these beneficiaries and make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable residents by empowering them as property owners. As financial assets, these homes will provide the beneficiaries and their families with security.”

The expenditure on this project amounts to R85 million and includes money allocated for the bulk earthworks; internal civil engineering services for the provision of water, sanitation and roads; electricity reticulation; and street lighting.

“As with all housing projects, various inspections were completed to ensure the quality of the homes met the required building regulation standards. Beneficiaries also attended homeowners consumer education workshops where they were informed of the roles and responsibilities of being a property owner,” said Booi.

Construction work on site is being carried out by the City’s human settlements directorate, in conjunction with the elected People’s Housing Process (PHP) Support Organisation and their appointed contractor.

“There are many challenges in Masiphumelele but only with the support of the community are we able to improve the living conditions of our residents,” said the Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase.

“This housing project, as with all City projects, is absolutely dependent on community support and cooperation. We want to thank the community for working with the City over the years to ensure that this project has become a reality.”

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