Emergency structures for Masiphumelele on track
Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says the construction of emergency structures for Masiphumelele residents who were displaced during a devastating fire in December, is making steady progress.
As at close of business on 19 January 2021, 176 units have been constructed.
The construction of these structures commenced 5 days ago, which means that just over 35 units are being erected per day. This clearly shows that the City of Cape Town is on track to deliver the 1 100 structures by 22 February, so that the affected residents can move back into their own shelter fairly soon.
Minister Simmers said: “The pace at which the units are being established is commendable, particularly since the City of Cape Town committed to delivering between 30 - 50 units per day. I am happy that the R 32 million which we’ve made available for the erection of these emergency units is being used efficiently. These funds will also be used to erect a fence around the wetland, which is adjacent to the affected site, so that houses are not flooded during the winter rainy season. This demonstrates the caring nature of both the provincial and local government, as our primary aim is to assist those affected by this disaster.
It is critical to point out that this is only temporary shelter. In due course and once statutory processes have been concluded, we will commence with long term housing solutions for the most vulnerable and qualifying residents, by providing permanent shelter through the use of Sustainable Building Technology (SBT’s).
I’m also pleased to note that employment opportunities have been afforded to local residents, with 20 being employed. I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to those community leaders and members who have been assisting us in ensuring that the process to deliver and erect these units is running smoothly.
As the Western Cape Government, we will continue to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders, inclusive of the different spheres of government, sister departments, the private sector, organisations and the broader community to ensure that those affected by this fire are assisted.”