Good progress on CRU upgrade and refurbishment project

The City of Cape Town’s Community Residential Unit (CRU) upgrade programme is well underway. More than 4 000 units around the city are receiving a thorough spruce-up, with 100 units completed in April this year alone. 

The upgrades include painting, plumbing overhauls, window and door refitting, rewiring of electrical circuits and gutter cleaning. In addition to this, the surrounding area receives attention with such efforts as bush clearing and tree planting.

All units in Scottsville, Kewtown, Scottsdene, Woodlands, Connaught, Uitsig and The Range have been completed and re-occupied by the tenants.

All 18 of the advertised building contracts have been awarded, with a total monetary value of more than R1 billion. This has also allowed for the commencement of upgrades in Manenberg, which began in April this year.

This project forms part of the City’s commitment to being a Caring City and its success has been exemplified by the various awards the project has received.

In 2012, the project was honoured with the SAICE Awards for the Most Outstanding Achievement in the Community-Based projects category, and was also named the winner in the IMESA/CESA Excellence Awards in the Community Upliftment category.

“This project has faced many challenges, but we are committed to providing a living space that residents can be proud of, and that is safe and dignified. The success of this project is just another example of what can be achieved when the City of Cape Town and the public work together to improve the city we live in,” said Councillor Tandeka Gqada, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements.

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