Upgrade project gains momentum

2020-03-17 06:03
Grant Twigg, Mayco member for urban management, examines the upgrade, while Vanessa Sieglaar (homeowner from Elsies River), mayor Dan Plato and local councillor Chris Jordaan looks on.

Grant Twigg, Mayco member for urban management, examines the upgrade, while Vanessa Sieglaar (homeowner from Elsies River), mayor Dan Plato and local councillor Chris Jordaan looks on.

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Hanover Park, Manenberg, Parkwood and Athlone are part of the R47 million project by the City of Cape Town to upgrade the electrical infrastructure at community residential units (CRUs) also known as flats.

On Tuesday 10 March, mayor Dan Plato was joined by Mayco members for urban management, Grant Twigg, and Malusi Booi for human settlements, at the launch of the project in Manenberg and Elsies River. This project forms part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (Murp) that has evolved since its inception six years ago to include all areas across the metro.

“An assessment of units was conducted and the first phase commenced in the areas mentioned above as well as Langa, Hout Bay and Elsies River. The first phase involves the upgrading of the electrical infrastructure at these targeted CRUs and will include the installation of new panels in the meter rooms and new earth connections because many of these connections are non-compliant. It also includes new cabling from the meter room to each unit, including the installation of new plugs and light switches,” says Twigg. Visits were made to two houses, where upgrades had been carried out. These were compared to others, where there had been no upgrades, to demonstrate the impact of this project to the lives of residents.

“As a City, we are addressing the much-needed upgrades and ongoing maintenance in CRUs as well as the safety risks associated with hazardous and illegal electricity connections that were made in our units.

“The City is committed to delivering quality services to our communities across the metropole to ensure that infrastructure remains in a quality state. Part of Murp’s mission is to create neighbourhoods that are functional and safe. The project is important as it helps to enable the necessary maintenance and also emphasises the dangers of illegal electricity connections,” says Plato.

The City is the largest landlord in Cape Town and is committed to enhancing the living conditions of residents residing in council flats.

“We have various upgrade and maintenance programmes in place, such as the city-wide replacement and upgrading of old staircases programme which, in its first phase, aims to upgrade and replace approximately 969 staircases. Double-storeys are also included. In addition, apart from emergency and day-to-day maintenance to ensure the safety of our tenants, we must also increasingly make these rental units future-fit by retrofitting old plumbing and electricity connections among others. We thank our tenants for their cooperation, patience and support while we do our best to improve their living conditions,” says Booi.

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