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Today, 4 December 2019, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, visited the Lourensia Park Housing Project in Somerset West to check on its progress. The first houses in this project are expected to be handed over early next year.

This phase of the City of Cape Town’s Lourensia Park Housing Project will comprise of 150 opportunities at a cost of approximately R41 million.

The expenditure on this project includes money allocated for the:

· earthworks

· internal civil engineering services for the provision of water, sanitation and roads

· electricity reticulation

· street lighting

· houses

In the previous phase 216 units were constructed.

Councillor Booi was joined by Ward Councillor Greg Peck (Ward 15) on a site visit of the project. The first houses in this phase of the project are expected to be handed over to qualifying beneficiaries early in the new year.

The development will consist of free-standing and semi-detached single-storey units, semi-detached duplexes and serviced sites.

‘If all goes according to plan the project is earmarked for completion by mid-2020. It is pleasing to see it progressing well because it means that we are one step closer to seeing our beneficiaries take occupation of their homes. I am looking forward to returning to this site in the near future to celebrate with the beneficiaries,’ said Councillor Booi.

The selection of beneficiaries for housing projects is done in accordance with the City’s Allocation Policy and the City’s Housing Database to ensure that housing opportunities are allocated to qualifying beneficiaries in a fair and equitable manner that prevents queue-jumping.

‘As a caring and inclusive City, we are committed to providing service delivery through the provision of housing opportunities to some of our most vulnerable residents. This project is an example of what hard work and dedication really means.

‘The project experienced various setbacks and time delays in the past. The delays caused the development rights to lapse and new processes had to be entered into. When all of these processes were finalised, including major stormwater management upgrades in the area, construction began on the first phase of the houses. It was completed in December 2011.

‘The beneficiaries moved into their units in December 2011 and January 2012.

‘The Project Steering Committee that has been involved in this project deserves immense recognition for the role it has played to ensure the beneficiaries are not forgotten,’ said Councillor Booi.

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