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Eight-year wait finally over for tornado victims

by Nurene Jassiem
18 Oct 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

More than 60 families from Manenberg are expected to move into their new homes before winter next year - nearly eight years after they were displaced by a tornado in 1999.

The site earmarked for the Phoenix Housing Project was officially handed over to the civil Engineers, New Res Burger and Wallace, last Wednesday.

They are expected to start clearing the land this week and this phase of construction, which includes work such as sewerage infrastructure and roads, is set to be completed by the end of this year.

The site, which lies on the corners of Duinefontein, Ruimte and Silverstream Roads, is situated next to Phoenix High School and was once part of the school's sport fields. According to Shafiek Abrahams, school principal at Phoenix High, the construction of the new houses is "long overdue".

"Our school was instrumental in helping people who were left homeless by the tornado. We offered them the far end of our field and with the assistance of various organisations, managed to get wendy-houses and ablution facilities for them," he says.

"I'm very relieved that they will finally get proper housing," he adds. According to Isgak Murison, the City of Cape Town's Project Manager, the value of the entire project from start to finish is estimated at R4,5 million.

The beneficiaries of the houses to be built are currently scattered between three camps in the vicinity of the site.

The Phoenix Housing Project will see 64 new houses built at an average size of 100 m2 per plot. Construction on the houses is expected to start by February 2007.

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