60 fam­i­lies re­ceive their first homes

Cape Argus - - METRO - MARVIN CHARLES

MAYOR Pa­tri­cia de Lille handed over keys to more than 60 fam­i­lies who are first-time home­own­ers in Morkel’s Cot­tage, Strand.

“I’m happy to say we have kept that prom­ise by hand­ing out five keys to five fam­i­lies who have been liv­ing in in­for­mal set­tle­ments around Strand,” De Lille said.

The City of Cape Town and its con­trac­tor started con­struc­tion on the R146mil­lion project in March.

It will pro­vide 547 semi-de­tached and de­tached sin­gle-storey houses as well as ser­viced sites for ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the in­for­mal set­tle­ments of Morkel’s Cot­tage, Bev­er­ley Hills and Dark City, along with ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the City’s Hous­ing Data­base.

The civil engi­neer­ing ser­vices, such as the in­ter­nal roads and wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture, for the first three phases have been com­pleted.

The civil engi­neer­ing ser­vices for phases 4 and 5 will be­gin in the com­ing months, fol­lowed by the con­struc­tion of the top struc­tures on those plots. It is anticipated that the en­tire project will be com­pleted next year.

“It was re­ally touch­ing to see Clara and Piet Fourie open the door to their new home af­ter nearly two decades of liv­ing in an in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

“They told me how re­lieved they were to fi­nally es­cape flood­ing and shack fires, which they have been vic­tims of in the past three years,” De Lille said.

She vis­ited a num­ber of res­i­dents, some of whom are pen­sion­ers and have lived for over 27 years in an in­for­mal struc­ture.

“The project is one of many speak­ing to the goals in the City’s Or­gan­i­sa­tional De­vel­op­ment and Trans­for­ma­tion Plan,” she added.

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