Another 21 beneficiaries of the City of Cape Town’s R130-million The Hague affordable housing project in Delft, celebrated when they received the keys to their homes. The latest phase of the project will provide more than 800 affordable housing opportunities to qualifying residents.

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The City recently handed 21 Breaking New Ground housing opportunities to beneficiaries, and the project is expected to be completed toward the end of the year, if all goes according to plan.

Thus far, the City handed over 391 opportunities to beneficiaries in this final phase. Once the project is completed, it will have provided 2 401 opportunities to residents. The City’s Human Settlements Directorate is committed to delivering housing opportunities to qualifying beneficiaries across the metro, while at the same time protecting the opportunities of those beneficiaries who have already been identified.

Beneficiary Ms Natasha Paulsen was among those who received the keys to the double-storey homes today. “We are so happy to have received the keys to our homes today. Words cannot describe how am I feeling and I am thankful to be moving into my new home,” said Paulsen.

“We wish the latest beneficiaries the very best on their new journey in their new homes. The City will continue with our mission in providing the most vulnerable residents with affordable housing opportunities across the metro. This investment will only grow in value, and will become an asset for the beneficiaries, their families and loved ones. We thank the project teams for their hard work, and we look forward to providing more opportunities to residents at the various projects across the city.

“The City is pleased with the progress made on this R130-million housing project in Delft, and the rate at which our teams managed to hand over opportunities to beneficiaries. This project is expected to be completed toward the end of this year. 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.

“We remind residents that housing allocation is based on a first come, first served basis and takes age and special needs into consideration. It is strictly controlled against political and outside influence. Outside parties do not have the right to interfere in the process or decide who gets a house and who does not as they will then likely look after their supporters only. Registered beneficiaries must deal directly with the City,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi.