City making strides in upgrading staircases at multi-storey rental stock

Today the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, joined contractors as they installed a staircase at multi-storey rental units in Ravensmead. This site is one of approximately 969 concrete precast staircases at multi-storey City rental units that have been identified to benefit from the R146 million upgrading project by the City’s Human Settlements Directorate.

The City’s Human Settlements Directorate is investing R146 million into replacing and upgrading approximately 969 old precast staircases at its multi-storey rental units across the metro to ensure the safety of our tenants when accessing their rental homes.

The project commenced in August 2018 and to date approximately 26 staircases have been replaced, 138 have been repaired and 44 have been upgraded in areas including Hout Bay, Atlantis, Scottsdene, Macassar and Lwandle.

New railings are also installed along with the new staircases.

Three- and four-storey precast staircases in the following rental stock areas have been identified for upgrading:

Cluster North: Hout Bay, Atlantis (Protea Park, Robinvale and Saxson Sea) and Scottsdene

Cluster East: Macassar and Lwandle

Cluster Central: Hanover Park, Elsies River (Avonwood, Leonsdale, Adriaanse, Clarkes Estate, Trinity Place, Springbok Place and Avon Estate), Ravensmead and Manenberg

Cluster South: Parkwood and Lavender Hill

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, together with Ward Councillor Jackie Visser, visited Ravensmead this morning to view the progress that has been made.

‘Today was a great opportunity for me to see and experience all the planning and processes involved with upgrading and repairing the staircases at the City’s multi-story rental stock units. I also got to work with the contractor and assist, where possible, to install the steps. Being in the area afforded me the opportunity to engage with residents and listen to the community’s queries and concerns,’ said Councillor Booi.

Dedicated teams are working tirelessly to ensure that the staircases that have been identified are attended to as soon as possible.

‘This project is necessary as the majority of the existing rental units were built decades ago by previous governments and the staircases are now in need of repairs or replacement. In response to the ageing infrastructure, the City started a dedicated programme which will invest R146 million into upgrading concrete staircases so that we can ensure that our tenants and their families have safe access to their rental homes.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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