Construction of 777 subsidised homes in Valhalla Park kicks off today.
The City of Cape Town says the R42 million housing project is meant for beneficiaries in Valhalla Park as well as from other areas, in accordance with the housing allocation policy.
Friday’s sod-turning signalled its “commitment to this development despite various intermittent land invasion attempts and gang-related threats which have stalled the progress of this project”, Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements Benedicta van Minnen said yesterday.
She adds that all the necessary funding and planning approvals were in place.
The contract for construction of the civil engineering services was awarded to Shar Civils cc.
The scope of work for this contract included the construction of internal services for 777 sites and upgrading existing services.
The contract would employ local labour and sub-contractors.
Van Minnen says: “A democratically representative project steering committee (PSC) is in place and consultants and City officials oversee the project to ensure effective implementation.”
The PSC was intended to serve as the link between the project manager and the local community.
The PSC consisted of subcouncil 4 and 5 chairpersons, ward councillors, elected community representatives and City officials.
“It is the start of a new life for our beneficiaries and bringing dreams to fruition as they become property owners which can unlock economic opportunities,” added Van Minnen.