More than 1300 to benefit from provincial housing projects within the next month
Within the next month, 1371 beneficiaries, will across the Western Cape move into their new homes. These houses which are ready to be handed over are in various municipal district areas, including the Cape Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route, West Coast, and Cape Metro.
This is an exciting period for all of us in the Human Settlements sector, particularly since contractors have been allowed to return to site, which makes these handovers possible. We are looking forward to sharing this exciting life changing experience with our beneficiaries.
Due to Alert level five/lockdown, houses could not be handed over to beneficiaries sooner. With the return of contractors, we’ve been able to consolidate the potential handovers. In Forest Village alone, which is in the Cape Metro, 267 houses will be handed over. We’ve also just learned that of the 229 housing opportunities that was available in Ceres, which is in the Witzenberg municipality, 160 was handed over just before the lockdown.
I am particularly looking forward to visiting this municipal area to hand over the remainder of the houses. Outside the Cape Metro, Witzenberg has the second highest infection rate in the province, currently sitting at 195. With residents from immediate areas, such as Nduli, Belle Vista, Op die Berg, Prince Alfred’s Hamlet, Tulbagh, Slanghoek and Ceres-town, all set to benefit, we know it will drastically improve the lives of these beneficiaries and their families.
As our continued focus is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in communities, which includes the elderly, disabled, backyard dwellers, child-headed households and those longest on the housing waiting list, we further know these handovers across the province, will place our beneficiaries in a stronger to help fight against COVID-19.
This is so, as their immediate occupancy will assist in maintaining social distancing, while strengthening the practice of effective and good hygiene.
As the Western Cape Government, we remain committed to accelerating human settlement delivery, while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, resilient, safe and sustainable human settlements in an open opportunity society.