Volunteers from the City of Cape Town and its partners, Habitat for Humanity and Power Construction, have been working hard to build 67 houses this week as part of Habitat’s Build Drive in honour of Nelson Mandela International Day which will be celebrated tomorrow, 18 July 2014.
These houses are being built by, amongst others, some 600 volunteers from the City’s 12 directorates.
As at the end of June 2014, 607 houses had already been handed over at the City’s Pelican Park development. It is expected that the remaining 1 400 State-subsidised houses would have been handed over by December 2016.
The total cost of this development is approximately R700 million, which includes State and private investment.
This particular development has been designated as a World Design Capital 2014 project because it implemented an innovative way of procurement that is now being rolled out in all housing projects. It is therefore transforming lives through design.
The project has also been awarded a gold medal for showcasing excellence in the Mayor’s Portfolio of Urban Sustainability for 2014, which is also a World Design Capital 2014 project.
‘This development is exactly what we envision when we stress that progress can only be made possible when we work together. It shows that we cannot forever rely only on government funds to fund the delivery of housing opportunities to our marginalised residents. We have to draw in the private sector to balance the dynamics of the housing market. I am incredibly proud of the progress of this development, which is testament to our commitment to bringing redress through increased delivery and empowerment,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.
Pelican Park is integrated across the full spectrum of affordability, with 2 024 totally subsidised homes (Breaking New Ground) being built alongside 760 starter homes (Gap Housing) selling for R320 000, and 360 higher value homes (bonded) valued from R480 000 to R700 000.
The development incorporates provision for two new schools and a regional clinic, to be developed respectively by the Western Cape Government Department of Education and City Health, as well as two properties zoned as places of worship, plus a commercial precinct which is well underway and expected to be opened in December this year.
There are generous open spaces within the development itself and safe courtyards encircled by houses.
The site is close to transport opportunities and also fronts onto the False Bay Ecology Park, which can be accessed during daylight hours.
‘We are celebrating the culture of volunteerism. I thank all of the volunteers, Power Construction, Habitat for Humanity, the people of Cape Town, and our communities and beneficiaries for showing that we are becoming the inclusive and caring city that we are striving towards. I am truly excited about our future and it has been an honour to roll up my sleeves in recognition of Tata Madiba’s call to action,’ said Councillor Mamkeli.