Work continues at City’s R170m Simon’s Town housing project

Work on the City of Cape Town’s Dido Valley housing project in Simon’s Town is progressing well with the first 15 units nearing completion in April 2022 and another 18 expected to be completed in May 2022.

‘I am pleased to see the progress that is being made at this housing project. We are gearing up to deliver the first houses to qualifying beneficiaries at Dido Valley this year. The first 15 units are nearing completion with another 18 to follow soon. Units will be handed over to beneficiaries in batches, as and when they become practically complete,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, who visited the project today, 24 March 2022, along with other stakeholders.

‘Construction of full A-grade civil engineering services commenced on 30 June 2016 and was completed in December 2017. The contractor appointed by the Redhill PHP group (the non-land claimants) established on site in August 2020. This project contains a restitution component too and it is anticipated that the Luyolo People’s Housing Process group of restitution beneficiaries will establish on site soon and we are doing our best to expedite this process so that we can complete all of the 100 Luyolo units for the land claimants during the course of 2022, if all goes according to plan. I look forward to returning to the site for that special day.

‘This Breaking New Ground (BNG) project that is currently under way comprising State-subsidised houses will empower beneficiaries as first-time homeowners. This is an example of redress and restitution in action. This project showcases the City’s commitment to building a better future for those who bore the brunt of apartheid policies and also enables well-located, affordable housing in this area.

‘Work on site is progressing well and is expected to be completed in the latter part of 2023, if all goes according to plan. I give thanks to our communities, City teams and project steering committees for the hard work and dedication to move this complex project forward,’ said Councillor Booi.

The majority of the beneficiaries for the BNG component of the project come from the Redhill informal settlement, which is located between Simon’s Town and Scarborough and their allocation is in line with housing allocation policies.

The Luyolo land claimant beneficiaries were forcibly removed from Simon’s Town in the mid-1960s under the apartheid Group Areas Act. These beneficiaries were moved to Gugulethu.

The project has a combined support organisation representing the two groups of beneficiaries from Redhill and Luyolo respectively.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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