Louren­sia Park hous­ing progress

District Mail - - NUUS NEWS -

A to­tal of 49 ben­e­fi­cia­ries have al­ready re­ceived keys to their brand-new homes in the sec­ond phase of the Louren­sia Park hous­ing project.

In a state­ment re­leased last week, the City of Cape Town said it is pleased with the progress of the

R41 mil­lion project, which com­prises 150 hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This phase be­gan with en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices in 2017, which were com­pleted at the end of that year. The con­struc­tion of phase two com­menced last year, al­though the first phase of 216 units was com­pleted in De­cem­ber 2011.

The se­lec­tion of ben­e­fi­cia­ries for all hous­ing projects has been done in ac­cor­dance with the City’s Al­lo­ca­tion Pol­icy and Hous­ing Needs Reg­is­ter, to en­sure hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are al­lo­cated to qual­i­fy­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries in a fair and eq­ui­table man­ner that pre­vents queue jump­ing, the state­ment read.

The ben­e­fi­ciary tar­get ar­eas are de­ter­mined in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sub­mit­ted to a Hous­ing Al­lo­ca­tion Com­mit­tee for ap­proval.

“De­spite all the gen­eral set­backs we ex­pe­ri­ence as a City in try­ing to de­liver op­por­tu­ni­ties to our ben­e­fi­cia­ries, such as bud­get cuts and the con­stant or­ches­trated land in­va­sions that are es­pe­cially plac­ing our hous­ing pro­gramme at risk, we are com­mit­ted to see­ing our hous­ing projects through to the end for the ben­e­fit of our ben­e­fi­cia­ries,” said Malusi Booi, May­oral Com­mit­tee mem­ber for Hu­man Set­tle­ments.

“The ac­com­mo­da­tion need in Cape Town is pro­nounced and we will only suc­ceed by fol­low­ing a sys­tem­atic ap­proach of first come, first served with­out queue jump­ing.

“We must safe­guard the in­tegrity of our hous­ing de­liv­ery pro­grammes de­spite the great pres­sure from ur­ban­i­sa­tion, land in­va­sions and the di­min­ish­ing na­tional grants for hu­man set­tle­ment de­vel­op­ments.

“We need Cape Town as a so­ci­ety to sup­port us in our en­deav­ours and work with us to en­sure we are able to es­tab­lish a more in­clu­sive hu­man set­tle­ments en­vi­ron­ment.”

Photo: City of Cape Town

Con­struc­tion on the sec­ond phase of the Louren­sia Park hous­ing project is on track.

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