South Africa: Manenberg housing construction project begins

 The mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille  has launched a Manenberg housing construction that is expected to house more than 500 families.

The US$8.6 million Manenberg housing construction, located in The Downs development in Manenberg will be able to accommodate 587 families and it is part of the City’s Integrated Development Plan.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, de Lille said: “Housing opportunities will be provided for residents from Manenberg, Surrey Estate, Tambo Square, Sherwood Park and Gugulethu.” She recounted how the Cape Town, in 2011, had identified Manenberg as an area with and area with urgent need of urban upgrading and in need of regeneration.
The Manenberg housing construction is as a result of the City’s commitment to addressing social problems within the city’s communities. The mayor said the City had committed over US$14 million towards upgrading the council’s residential units in the area. She added that more money amounting to US$2.8 million had to be spent towards additional costs that were incurred because of delays caused by gangsterism and crime.
The mayor acknowledged that the City of Cape Town was guided by a promise to do everything within their mandate to overcome the many generations of spatial and economic exclusion that people who made Manenberg their home suffered.
Several remedies that the city has put into the area included a US$385000 synthetic pitch for a world-class sports facility and the construction of the Manenberg Youth Lifestyle Campus which was part of a US$2 million investment in the area over the next three years.
She said that they are transforming Manenberg into its desired state adding that if the youth are equipped and given opportunity, they will not be lured into criminal activities and drug addictions.
De Lille added that the City had set aside US$574000 for social crime prevention and safety projects in Manenberg.

Posted on : 23 Jul,2016

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