The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, in partnership with the Development Bank of South Africa, recently installed ceilings in 1 142 old State-subsidised houses in Heinz Park which were constructed many years ago without ceilings. Read more below:
The City has invested over R18 million on a ceilings retrofit initiative in the Heinz Park area.
The aim of the project is to improve the living conditions of the beneficiaries who have been living in government-subsidised houses that were not fitted with ceilings when they were built between 1994 and 2005. Apart from fitting the houses with ceilings, the project also focused on fixing roof leaks and improper ceiling lighting to ensure that the newly installed ceiling is not damaged.Houses without ceilings get either very hot or very cold in extreme weather conditions and beneficiaries also use a lot of electricity to warm themselves during winter. As such, the City took the initiative to correct the shortcomings in the previous designs by dealing with the matter.
The retrofitting project involved the beneficiary removing all personal belongings and furniture from the house before the contractor could commence with the installation work.
The City also compensates the beneficiary for the day as part of the job creation programme.
‘This project is one of the ways that the City is living up to its recently adopted Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which prioritises the delivery of basic services through systems that will improve well-being and vitality. It speaks to improving the living conditions of our residents so that they are able to enjoy increased comfort in their homes with their families. Residents living in these units can now enjoy the aesthetically pleasing interior as the white ceiling brightens up the room. The insulated ceilings couldn’t have come at a better time. With winter upon us, our residents can expect significantly warmer houses in the evening,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.