New houses planned

2016-01-12 06:00

While the City of Cape Town plans a R36m housing project in Masiphumelele, residents have been warned that the increasing number of informal structures will only hamper future development.

The housing project will be used to build 227 new housing units, which will be constructed between the existing formal area and the sports fields.

“It is estimated that the tender will be advertised mid-2016, with an estimated construction period of two years,” says Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements.

Committee workThe project has an established project steering committee comprising of representatives of the beneficiaries, community organisations and City officials, she says.

“Policy dictates that the committee must agree on and recommend an allocation split. This allocation split must accommodate applicants on the database within the targeted area, households from informal settlements within the targeted area, applicants with special needs and applicants earliest on the database across the city,” she says.

Masiphumelele informal settlement has about 2170 informal dwellings, Van Minnen says. This does not include an unknown number of backyard structures in the formal area.

About 1000 homes were destroyed in a fire that swept through the township last month.

Following the fire, a registration process was done to ensure that the legitimate fire-affected residents received building kits and were catered for in the redesign of the fire-affected area, Van Minnen says.

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