Council has approved the sale of four properties in Vrygrond at a substantially reduced cost to a local non-governmental organisation as part of the City’s aim to use its non-strategic property holdings for social upliftment.
In this case, the four properties, with a market value of R25 000 each, will be sold for R10 000 each (excl. VAT). The Vrygrond Community Development Trust (VCDT) intends to use these properties for accommodation to shelter members of the community who are in need of housing, such as the elderly.
The sale of the properties comes with the condition that they be used in perpetuity to benefit the most vulnerable members of the Vrygrond community.
‘As a caring city we realise the value that non-profit and charitable organisations add to the benefit of our communities. It is therefore of great importance for this administration to leverage our non-strategic assets for socio-economic considerations. Community-based organisations are vital partners and we need them to help us to make progress possible, together,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.
The Vrygrond Subsidised Housing Project was developed during the late 1990s by the then South Peninsula Municipality. The main objective was to provide much-needed residential units for individuals who qualified for a State housing subsidy. The VCDT was involved in the process and raised money for the construction of four residential units, as part of this development, to accommodate four elderly people who at the time did not qualify for a subsidy.
The intention was not to transfer ownership to the four individuals but to allow them to reside in the dwelling units, rent-free, for the remainder of their lives. Two of the elderly people have already passed away and the respective units are now being illegally occupied by younger family members and others suspected of participating in anti-social behaviour, such as gangsterism.
The illegal occupation of these units by alleged gangsters prevents the trust from using these dwellings for the intended purpose of helping those who require shelter, such as the elderly.
‘We hope that by transferring ownership of these dwellings to the trust, they will be able to obtain the necessary court orders to evict those found guilty of anti-social behaviour and that the way will be cleared to provide shelter for the most vulnerable of our residents,’ said Councillor Mamkeli.