Moving day set for April

2016-03-01 06:00

A number of beneficiaries of the Heideveld housing project can expect to move into their new homes shortly after Easter.

This is according to Anthony Moses, ward 44’s councillor, following the signing of title deeds for the first 30 houses over the weekend.

The housing project, which has been a bit of a saga over a number of years, has seen a dramatic improvement as the current number of structures built to roof height stands at 120 houses after construction started in earnest in August last year.

Delays in the tender process and repeated disruptions at the site office hindered construction, but following a court interdict against protesting community members, construction gathered pace.

Now the electrical contractor has been putting the finishing touches to the power grid for the first group of houses.

Moses says the more than 90 beneficiaries attended training to clue them up on how to manage their households once they move in, as a number of beneficiaries have never owned a house before.

“The signing of the consumer education agreement in terms of the water management device, as well as the rates and all of those things, [have taken place].”

He aims to avoid the controversy which has taken the shine off the Kewtown housing project, which saw residents move into their homes last year without an official handing-over ceremony, while complaints about allegedly shoddy construction work were brought to light.

“We do not want the assumptions that were made with the Kewtown housing project,” says Moses.

He says he will make sure that, should there be any snags, he will have them sorted out at least a week before the time and that compliancy certificates will have to be issued before he allows the subcouncil to visit the completed site.

Moses will then perform one final check, which will include the beneficiary and the inspector. They will check each house together to ensure that both parties are satisfied before the keys are handed over.

“I know what is expected and know what needs to be in place. People cannot just tell me that they want to move people in because of [fear of] vandalism and then the contractor gets away with murder. For me, I will not allow it and I would rather stop people from moving in than give them a half-done project,” Moses adds.

“We are dealing with people’s lives and livelihoods and it affects their whole family and households, so we cannot afford that things go wrong, so I will rather make sure that everything is in place.”

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