Saturday, April 01, 2006

Housing plans take shape

EARTHWORKS have started on the new residential development on erven 584 and 13259 south of Mbekweni.

The erven are being developed on the site of the old waterblommetjie dams between the Dal Josaphat industrial area and Mbekweni, to the west of Jan van Riebeeck Road. The project will consist of serviced erven where beneficiaries may erect their own homes.

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Plans for this development came after the devastating shack fires in the Drommedaris Street informal settlement at the beginning of 2005. It was then decided that the shack dwellers should be resettled as a matter of urgency. An amount of R19 384 129 was subsidised for this purpose by the Western Cape Department of Housing from their emergency fund.

The 43 hectares will provide accommodation to about 2 000 families, including the ones from Drommedaris Street. Meanwhile construction of showhouses has resumed in Project 2, where more than 800 erven have been waiting since 1998. The vandalised services to the sites are currently being replaced by the Municipality. Paarl Post

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