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180 families from Pella to move into their new houses soon

A community who has been living at the Pella Mission Station � a piece of land formerly owned by the Moravian Church in Atlantis � will soon move into their own houses. The construction of the houses commenced earlier this month and is subsidised by the City of Cape Town.

The City has approved a project where a total of 180 houses will be constructed over the next 12 months.

'The 400 families have been living on this land adjacent to Klein Dassenberg Road all of their lives. The City, in collaboration with the Moravian Church and the erstwhile National Department of Land Affairs, in 2005 commenced with a process of transferring erven into the names of beneficiaries. The land is 300 hectares in size and was divided into 414 sites � 400 for the beneficiaries of this project and 14 non-residential sites intended for public open spaces and businesses.

'The beneficiaries preferred the construction to take place through a People's Housing Process (PHP). This means that the City is providing R19,6 million for the construction and the community appointed their own service providers and procured the building material themselves. This mode of housing delivery is different from the conventional tendered State-subsidised projects and places the beneficiaries in control of the construction of their own homes,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

Over and above the two bedrooms and open-plan kitchen and dining area, each house will have a bathroom with a toilet, basin and bath.

'Construction work commenced during the last week of last month when the contractor dug the foundations. The pouring of 21 foundations with concrete was done during the first week of June. Each of the Breaking New Ground (BNG) house is free-standing, single storey, and approximately 40 m� in size as determined by the National Housing Code. We expect the first families to move into their brand new houses by September, if all goes as planned,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

Of the 400 households, 180 qualify for a subsided house (BNG unit). Those who do not qualify for the housing subsidy would be earning in excess of R3 500 per household per month (a condition set by National Government) or have previously owned property.

'We have said before that going forward we will provide housing opportunities closer to where beneficiaries work or close to public transport. This is non-negotiable. 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 Councillor Herron.

'The Pella PHP corresponds 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,' said Councillor Little.

'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. We are all looking forward to getting this project completed and for the beneficiaries to spend their first night in their newly built homes,' said Councillor Herron.

Source: City of Cape Town

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