Community and Charity

Beneficiaries for the new Pelican Park housing development receive title deeds

During an official handover ceremony, 20 beneficiaries received title deeds to their new homes at the Pelican Park housing development. This forms part of a batch of 60 title deeds that the City has already started issuing to beneficiaries, which include pensioners. These units are part of the final phase of the integrated housing development, which is well on its way to completion. Construction is expected to be complete by December 2015. Approximately 1 900 families have already received their subsidised homes.

The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate presented 20 beneficiaries with title deeds to their new homes at the Pelican Park housing development on Friday 20 November 2015.

This handover is part of a batch of approximately 60 title deeds that the City has already started issuing to its beneficiaries, including pensioners.

The final phase of construction is under way. Approximately 150 of the last Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses are being built and are expected to be complete by December 2015.

“It is very encouraging to see the great progress that is being made with the construction of the final phase of the Pelican Park housing development. The City, with the support of our partners, is making every effort to enable redress through increased delivery of housing opportunities to our vulnerable residents. Therefore, the sooner the houses are completed, the sooner beneficiaries and their families will be able to have their own homes and enjoy the improved living conditions”.

“This project empowers beneficiaries, providing previously disadvantaged residents with the opportunity to own an asset which can, among others, unlock economic benefits. Going forward, the City will continue to look at new ways to ensure large-scale delivery of housing opportunities so that more beneficiaries can have access to housing opportunities,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen.

The Pelican Park project is integrated across the full spectrum of affordability, with 2 024 totally subsidised homes (BNG) being built alongside 760 starter homes (Gap Housing) selling for R375 500, and 360 higher value homes (bonded) valued from R497 500 to R700 000.

The total cost of this development is approximately R700 million, which includes State funding and private investment.

The Pelican Park development, which was accorded Gold Star status in the Mayor’s Portfolio for Sustainable 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.

A commercial precinct was also opened in November 2014 in an effort to enable economic opportunities for residents.

There are generous open spaces within the development itself and safe courtyards encircled by houses.

The development also fronts onto the False Bay Ecology Park, which can be accessed during daylight hours and provides pleasant opportunities for bird-watching and picnicking while overlooking the Zeekoevlei.