'I’m pleased that I have a place to call home' - new Glenhaven residents handed keys to their homes

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Minister Sisulu and Minister Simmers cutting the ribbon at Anchorage
Minister Sisulu and Minister Simmers cutting the ribbon at Anchorage
  • To date, 209 of the completed 416 housing units have been occupied as part of the first phase.
  • The Anchorage Social Housing project has a budget of close to R200 million.
  • Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertuis Simmers says projects like the Anchorage one assist in breaking down apartheid spatial planning.

Human Settlements Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, along with the Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertuis Simmers handed over the house keys to Bellville South residents who took up residence at a new housing project in the area this week.

Construction of the Anchorage Social Housing Project in Glenhaven began in October 2018, with 512 units, budgeted at R200 million. The first phase consists of 416 units arranged in four-storey walk-ups in five buildings. Of the 416 units of the first phase, 209 are occupied. The second phase consists of a single four-storey building of 96 units, and is under construction.

Sisulu congratulate the Western Cape, saying the province had the greatest number of social housing projects in the country.

"Already eight projects have been approved for implementation and this includes this one and another one in Mitchells Plain. All of them are expected to deliver close to 3 000 units. These spaces offer a safe environment for all our people.

"I’d like to encourage the beneficiaries of this place to fully enjoy the space and to take care of it. This project clearly demonstrates that when the different spheres of government work together it bears fruit as evident in this development."

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Features of the Anchorage project include centralised water heating, a dedicated smart metering application for purchasing prepaid utilities, access to fibre and television over fibre, a park with mini-basketball courts, and a children’s play area.

The rentals would be determined by the personal circumstances of tenants, and the size of their units - as some are one- and others two-bedroom units - which range between R35 and just over R 2 600 per month.

Simmers encouraged the new residents to make the space their own.

"Projects such as these are important for realising the dignity of our residents. That is why the Western Cape government has placed a renewed and continued focus on accelerating opportunities within the affordable housing market.

"I am also happy to note that people living here are from all walks of life and age groups. That residents from various backgrounds, creeds, cultures, sexual orientations and languages are living together in one community, shows true integration. This is exactly what we want to see happening in our societies, as it assists in breaking down apartheid spatial planning."

Minister Sisulu, Minister Simmers and Landiwe Long
Minister Sisulu, Minister Simmers and Landiwe Longweni
Housing development in Bellville South
Housing development in Bellville South

Landiwe Longweni, a 26-year-old IT technician, said he had been staying in a Wendy house in someone’s back yard. "The place was not a good environment to raise a kid and it was not safe. I applied here because the place is safe and secure, and the environment is safe to raise a child."

Another residents, 23-year old Badroeniesah Jobert, said she had chosen Anchorage to practise being sustainable.

"The dream is to own my own home one day. I am totally blind. This place is comfortable and suited to my needs. We are ecstatic to live here in the Anchorage community."

Another new resident, 70-year-old Rodney Johnson, said: "When this opportunity came along, it suited me perfectly. I'm incredibly happy, as over the last while I’ve had some personal challenges, but this has improved my life significantly. I’m pleased that I have a place to call home."

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