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Housing list to be investigated

by Nurene Jassiem
01 Mar 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

THE chairperson of Subcouncil 17, Jameela Daniels, has called for a forensic audit of the provisional beneficiary list for the Kewtown Housing Project. The audit was commissioned after it was discovered that people who have only been on the city's housing waiting list since 2002-3 were on the beneficiary list, while the criteria for beneficiaries of this housing project state that only those who applied for housing subsidies before the end of 1998 can qualify to benefit.


"I want to know why and how these people's names came onto the list and I am not going to allow any unfairness toward the community," said Daniels.

... not going to allow any unfairness toward the community

She said there may also be people who were on the housing list prior to 1998 who have since bought houses. Their names should be taken off the list.

"These houses are for first-time owners only and the requirements do not include those who had houses but lost them due to financial or other reasons," she said.

"You are creating chaos in the community with this list, bearing in mind that there are older people who have been on the waiting list for 20 years and longer," Daniels told ward councillors and other stakeholders in the project at the subcouncil meeting on Thursday, 15 February.

... bearing in mind that there are older people who have been on the waiting list for 20 years and longer

The second phase of the Kewtown Housing Project, which includes establishing road names, is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Isgak Murison, project manager for the City of Cape Town, said that building will commence as soon as the beneficiary list is finalised.

The houses will be built according to the People's Housing Process (PHP). Beneficiaries will have a say in what their homes will look like and they will have to build a house with a minimum size of 36m2.

Beneficiaries are expected to move into their new homes by the end of November this year.

Funding for the building will come in "milestone payments", with portions paid at different stages of completion.

These include foundation level, window height, roof height and the finishing of the building.

Beneficiaries are expected to move into their new homes by the end of November this year.

Meanwhile there is a ray of hope for those still on the city's housing waiting list but who will not benefit from this project - plans are in the pipeline to build more houses in the greater Athlone area.

Murison said at the February subcouncil meeting that plans are under way to build more houses in the new financial year, but he added that he did not want "people to get their hopes up" as the process was still in its development stage.

plans are in the pipeline to build more houses in the greater Athlone area

"Money has been allocated in the budget for the new financial year, but we still need to start looking at issues such as finding suitable land and calling meetings with the relevant stakeholders," he said.

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