Beneficiaries of 235 houses are a step closer to receiving their homes following the recent sod-turning, which marked the commencement of the construction of the KTC Phase 3 housing development. The R36 million project is testament to the City’s commitment to service delivery through the provision of housing opportunities as well as empowering some of our most vulnerable residents as first-time property owners.
The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) is investing approximately R36 million in the construction of 235 houses and civil infrastructure for the KTC Phase 3 housing development in Nyanga.
 
The 235 houses will be built via an assisted People’s Housing Process (PHP), which is a community-run project where the beneficiaries appoint a contractor for the top structures and manage the project themselves via an elected support organisation. The City will assist the support organisation in the management, quality control and accounting of the project.
 
The civil engineering services have already been installed. Construction of the houses will take approximately 14 months. Processes to implement electrical infrastructure are also under way.
 
Beneficiaries for this project, including 100 elderly people and two people with disabilities, have been selected from Nyanga.
 
‘The City of Cape Town has not turned a blind eye to the realities, such as the housing database backlog and overcrowded backyards, which are indicative of the need for housing opportunities that exists. Therefore, today’s sod-turning signifying the start of the construction of the KTC Phase 3 PHP project should be celebrated because it is an example of a housing development that is responding to this very need.
 
‘Through this housing project, 235 beneficiaries will be empowered as first-time property owners and, together with their families, they will have access to improved living conditions.
 
‘Also, in keeping with our commitment to building an inclusive city by enhancing access for residents with special needs, the homes for our beneficiaries with disabilities will have wheelchair ramps, wider doors, and modified bathrooms to suit their needs,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.
 
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron, said that this project is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan was adopted by Council last year to improve the way in which the administration works and delivers services.
 
‘This housing project is near local amenities and the public transport corridor, which is in keeping with the City’s commitment, going forward, to provide housing opportunities closer to where beneficiaries work or close to public transport. 
 
‘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 making every effort to ensure that service delivery, through the provision of housing opportunities, reaches some of our most vulnerable residents who have been registered on the housing database for many years and who qualify for housing opportunities.
 
‘Following today’s sod-turning, we wish the beneficiaries all the best as they work together and embark on their new journey to take control of the construction of their houses and build their future. We are looking forward to joining in on the celebration of their new homes when the project has been completed,’ said Councillor Herron.