Patricia de Lille, executive mayor of the City of Cape Town, visited the completed Sea View community residential unit development in Hangberg on Wednesday 15 June.
This R30m development is now home to 71 families. De Lille visited some of the 45 beneficiaries who have moved into their new homes after 41 beneficiaries moved in two weeks ago and the last four on Wednesday.
Sea View is a transit-oriented development as it is located close to public transport, employment opportunities as well as schools.
“The final 45 have made the development their home in the last week just as winter arrived. Sea View is a milestone of one of the goals we set out to achieve at the beginning of this administration in 2011.
“The Hangberg area was then identified as an area in great need of development and redress in our Integrated Development Plan. We have delivered on that commitment and the promise we made to the people of Hangberg,” says de Lille.
The City, Western Cape Government and the Peace and Mediation Forum (PMF) – established in 2011 – have met every month for years to make sure that this comes to fruition.
De Lille thanked the forum for their leadership and willingness to serve the residents of Hangberg.
She also thanked the project steering committee for their courage, guidance and commitment.
“Our commitment to redress and reconciliation is clearly evident in this development. It proves that ocean views are not just reserved for the highest bidder, and when the City can, we give the best to those who have their roots in the area.
“This is what building an inclusive city is all about,” says De Lille.
She went on to say inclusivity is also about ensuring that residents have access to opportunities.
“I share in the joy of each and every one of the last 45 beneficiaries who have moved into their homes. Many of them now have addresses for the very first time. Sea View is truly a bastion of the progress that can be made possible together.
“We have learnt many lessons from this area and we hope to continue to build on the improvements which we have worked towards.”