The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate handed over 18 Breaking New Ground opportunities to beneficiaries at its R33-million Eindhoven affordable housing project in Delft over two days, 4 and 5 November 2021. Over the coming weeks, more beneficiaries will be moving into their homes. This project consists of 201 housing opportunities and will benefit over 600 of the metro’s most vulnerable residents.

Image credit: City of Cape Town

Image credit: City of Cape Town

Mrs Berenice Pietersen and her husband Mr James Neer, were among the 18 beneficiaries to move into their brand-new home, ahead of the festive season this year. The family celebrated with many other beneficiaries when they received their keys during the official handover ceremonies.

‘We are grateful to be moving into our new home. This is a dream come true and we look forward to spending many years in our home as a family,’ said Mrs Pietersen.

The construction of the Eindhoven affordable housing project started in April 2021and once it is completed, it will provide 201 Breaking New Ground opportunities to residents.

Thus far, 75 homes were handed over at the Eindhoven housing project, and the project will be completed in March next year if all goes according to plan. The city thanks the community and residents for their support as it continues to provide homes to beneficiaries across the city.

The Eindhoven and The Hague housing projects will provide more than 2 400 opportunities for beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries of the BNG houses are selected in accordance with the City’s Housing Allocation Policy and the City’s Housing Needs Register to ensure that housing opportunities are made available in a fair and transparent manner that prevents queue jumping and to those who qualify for housing as per the South African legislation.

‘Housing allocation is based on a first come, first served basis and takes age and special needs into consideration, and it is strictly controlled.

‘The City is dedicated to housing provision and will continue to deliver diverse types of opportunities that will empower many more residents across the city, be it through State-subsidised housing, site and service, rental and other affordable housing options. Residents should visit their nearest housing office to find out more about the available opportunities, and how to apply. Residents must remember to keep their information updated on our records so that they are alerted when an opportunity becomes available,’ said the City’s Executive Director, Human Settlements Directorate, Nolwandle Gqiba.

Anonymous tip-offs welcomed to safeguard projects from unlawful occupation:

Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.