Construction of the City’s R126 million The Hague Phase 1 housing project in Delft is progressing well. The first 101 beneficiaries have already moved into their homes, including 14 families from the temporary relocation area, Blikkiesdorp.
In total, 1 012 Breaking New Ground houses will be built during this phase. An investment of R264 million has been set aside for the construction of 2 112 Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses in The Hague, Delft. Construction is taking place over two phases.
A total of 14 beneficiaries from Blikkiesdorp are already among the first 101 families to receive their new homes during Phase 1 of the project.
During Phase 1, 1 012 BNG houses will be constructed at an estimated cost of R126 million. In total, 129 of the selected beneficiaries for Phase 1 reside in Blikkiesdorp.
The houses are being handed over in stages to beneficiaries who have been selected in accordance with the City of Cape Town’s Allocation Policy and the housing database to ensure a fair and equitable allocation of housing opportunities.
One of the beneficiaries is Michael Piet, who previously lived in Blikkiesdorp which offers temporary emergency accommodation for those in need.
‘I was waiting for a house for 25 years so I’m very happy to be here. Living in my new house is a big difference from Blikkiesdorp,’ said Mr Piet.
Phase 2 of The Hague housing project will consist of 1 100 BNG houses, which will be built at an estimated cost of R138 million.
The City has already completed the Rosendaal housing project in Delft, which provided 288 beneficiaries with homes, including 37 families from Blikkiesdorp.
‘It is always heart-warming to hand over houses to our beneficiaries who have been waiting patiently for years with their names registered on the housing database. Our beneficiaries include some of our most vulnerable residents, such as those living in Blikkiesdorp. With these houses, beneficiaries have the security that they own their homes, which not only provides a roof over their heads, but is also a financial asset for them as first-time property owners.
‘The City would like to assure beneficiaries of The Hague housing project that they will be contacted when their houses are ready for occupation. It is therefore imperative for beneficiaries to ensure that their most recent contact details are registered on the City’s housing database,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.
The Hague housing project is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, which was adopted by Council last year to improve how the administration works, with a focus on transit-oriented development.
‘Some of the key priorities pursued by the Transport and Urban Development Authority are to locate new developments around existing and planned public transport corridors and to partner with the private sector and other government departments in addressing the housing need in Cape Town. This project is located along the public transport corridor.
‘The City acknowledges that the housing need is great and that is why we celebrate projects such as The Hague housing development, which contributes to addressing this very need. It is crucial that the selection of beneficiaries for housing projects is done in accordance with the City’s Allocation Policy and the housing database to ensure that housing opportunities are allocated to qualifying beneficiaries in a fair and equitable manner that prevents queue-jumping.
‘The City is committed to empowering our most vulnerable residents as property owners so that they can have a place to call home,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.