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Residents of Pella in Atlantis receive keys to new homes

Statement by the City's Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille

Today, 10 August 2017, the City's Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, handed over keys to beneficiaries of the Pella Housing Project.

Today I had the pleasure of handing over keys to 10 families who have moved into their new Pella Town homes in Atlantis.

The R19,6 million projects will deliver homes for 180 families once completed in August 2018.

This project is moving at a great pace as construction started in June 2017.

The beneficiaries include the elderly, residents with disabilities, and some indigent residents who had been living on land adjacent to Klein Dassenberg Road for many decades.

The property was previously owned by the Moravian Church before pockets of the land were transferred into the names of the beneficiaries by the Department of Land Reform and Rural Development more than 10 years ago.

Significant progress has been made in completing the first batch of houses as the first 15 residents moved into their homes this past weekend.

The houses are being handed out in phases and the rest of the beneficiaries will move in every month until the project is completed in August 2018.

The City of Cape Town subsidised the homes for the 180 beneficiaries for the construction of a two-bedroom house with an open-plan kitchen, dining area and a bathroom with a basin and bath.

Contractors are also in the process of completing 10 homes for residents with disabilities. These will have wheelchair ramps, wider doors, and modified bathrooms to suit their needs. This is in line with our commitment to building an inclusive city by enhancing access for residents with special needs.

We are delighted to be able to restore dignity to our residents. It gives me great pleasure to hand over the keys to the new homes to the beneficiaries because it has been a journey of decades for many of them.

The People's Housing Process (PHP) is unique because the community was in control of constructing their own homes. The beneficiaries appointed their own service providers and procured building material for constructing their homes.

We hope that the beneficiaries continue setting an example as homeowners to protect what they have accomplished, take care of their homes, and be responsible for further success in this community.

'The Pella PHP is in line with the City's Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which was adopted by Council last year to improve the way in which the administration works and delivers services.

'Some of the key priorities pursued by the Transport and Urban Development Authority are to promote security of tenure for residents in less formal areas and to partner with the private sector and other government departments in addressing the housing need in Cape Town.

'When I look at the Pella PHP, it embodies these very priorities. It also demonstrates the City's commitment going forward, to provide housing opportunities closer to where beneficiaries work or close to public transport. The people living on this site are approximately 3 km from Atlantis. Those needing to travel to Melkbosstrand and Table View or the Cape Town CBD can either use the MyCiTi bus service or board a Golden Arrow Bus Services bus,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

Source: City of Cape Town

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