The City of Cape Town has received the ‘Low Cost Housing Project of the Year’ Award at the annual Southern African Housing Federation awards ceremony held at the Spier Wine Estate this week.
“The City is delighted at this wonderful achievement. Despite challenging project and community dynamics, we have been able to provide a superior product to the Happy Valley community. This is what our work is all about – creating communities in which the people of Cape Town can flourish,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Tandeka Gqada.
The Happy Valley Housing Project is an example of the successful implementation of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme which permits the conversion of an informal area into a formal area.
The land on which these houses were built was previously home to approximately 1 500 informal structures. Today, a total of 1 452 formal houses have been built at a cost of R185 million for the identified beneficiaries. Funding for the project was a joint collaboration between the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government.
“This is an important illustration of our common goal to build sustainable communities. This success of this project shows what can be achieved when all stakeholders share a common vision.
“I would like to thank everyone involved who made a contribution, especially the Happy Valley project team,” said Councillor Gqada.