Leading up to Mandela Day, the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, and Mayoral Committee Members Councillor Malusi Booi (Human Settlements) and Alderman Felicity Purchase (Transport) joined contractors at the Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project to check on the progress of the project as well as to assist with painting houses and mixing mortar, among other building tasks.

The construction of the Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project, which will be home to 227 qualifying beneficiaries from the area, is progressing well.

Work on site is being carried out by the City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate, in conjunction with the elected People’s Housing Process (PHP) Support Organisation and their appointed contractor.

Today Mayor Plato, Councillor Booi and Alderman Purchase, who is the ward councillor for the area, visited the construction site and assisted with various building tasks under the supervision of the contractor.

‘Every stroke of paint, the transporting of sand in a wheelbarrow and mixing of mortar, are contributing towards making the dreams of our beneficiaries from the area come true. Making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in society is at the heart of Mandela Day, which will be celebrated internationally tomorrow. These state-subsidised homes are a reflection of the spirit of Mandela Day and in the coming weeks will empower beneficiaries, as property owners for the first time. These homes will also provide the beneficiaries and their families with security and it will become their financial assets,’ said Mayor Plato.

The expenditure on this project amounts to R85 million and includes money allocated for the bulk earthworks; internal civil engineering services for the provision of water, sanitation and roads; electricity reticulation; and street lighting.

‘The Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project is progressing well and work here is on track. A total of 32 houses have already been completed, with more under construction. As with all housing projects, various inspections are underway to ensure that the quality of the homes meet the required building regulation standards. Beneficiaries will also attend homeowners consumer education workshops where they are informed of the roles and responsibilities of being a property owner. In the coming weeks, once the occupancy certificates have been received, our first beneficiaries from the area will be receiving their homes,’ said Councillor Booi.

‘This housing project, as with all City projects, is dependent on community support and cooperation. We want to thank the community for working with the City over the years to ensure that this project becomes a reality. There are many challenges in Masiphumelele, but only with the support of the community will we be able to improve the living conditions of our residents. The City will continue to make every effort to enhance basic service delivery, where possible, to the community of Masiphumelele,’ said Alderman Purchase.