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City’s Belhar housing development expected to start soon

The City of Cape Town is completing the appointment of the contractors for its new R34 million Belhar-Pentech Housing Project expected to start soon.

The project will see the construction of 340 single-storey Breaking New Ground (BNG) subsidised houses. Of these, 324 will be semi-detached houses on erven 120 m² in size. The remainder of the homes will be situated on plots that are 200 m² in size. The housing units will each have two bedrooms and have been designed in such a way as to enable the beneficiaries to extend their homes in the future, if they so wish.

‘This is one of many new human settlements projects that we are embarking on in the new financial year as part of our commitment to enable redress and dignity through delivery. We are passionate about providing increased housing opportunities, while at the same time focusing on interim relief to those who are still waiting for a housing opportunity,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.

As part of the City’s emphasis on community engagement, a Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been monitoring the development of the beneficiary list for the Belhar-Pentech project. The PSC consists of representatives from the beneficiaries and the City.

Thus far, 177 beneficiaries have been approved and more beneficiaries have been invited to a marketing session to be screened for approval according to the City’s allocation policy.

‘I thank the community and the beneficiaries for their support. Only through this kind of cooperation, will we be able to make progress possible. We must never forget that we are building human settlements and therefore significant effort has been made to create an integrated development that will provide beneficiaries with quality housing opportunities,’ said Councillor Mamkeli.

As such, the development proposes the creation of a pedestrian-friendly environment based on the use of public transportation. It also incorporates aspects of appropriate public open space and park development. It is foreseen that soft landscaping design will include planting plans and specification for play areas and pathways.

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