Today, the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato and Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, officially handed over the keys to the first six beneficiaries in the Mau Mau housing project in Nyanga (Erf 2849). This forms part of the City’s commitment to empower our most vulnerable residents as first-time property owners. 

Elderly residents Ms Ntombozonke Mjamba, 75, and Ms Matilda Moletsane, 72, were among the first sixbeneficiaries to receive the keys to their new State-subsidised Breaking New Ground (BNG) homes in the Mau Mau housing project in Nyanga (Erf 2849).

Executive Mayor Plato and Councillor Booi were on site to congratulate the first-time property owners.

‘It is an honour to be handing over homes to our qualifying beneficiaries who have become property owners, for the first time, after waiting patiently on the housing database for many years. As they start this new chapter, we wish them and their families all the best. Owning a home gives some of our most vulnerable residents a sense of security and the restoration of dignity. Beyond this project, we as the City of Cape Town, will work harder to ensure that we speed up delivery,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

The R90 million housing project on the Nyanga site, which is underway, will overall provide housing opportunities to 434 beneficiaries and their families by March 2020, if all goes according to plan.

‘I want to thank all of our partners and stakeholders, including the Western Cape Government, as well as the community, for working with us so that together we could make progress possible. This housing project has experienced many challenges due to community dynamics, so it is significant that we can celebrate this milestone in handing over the first houses in this project.

‘Going forward, we will continue to engage with relevant stakeholders, including the community, to ensure that the delivery of this housing project remains on track, so that more qualifying beneficiaries can receive their homes over the coming months.

‘Furthermore, we remind our new property owners that they are responsible for their homes. We therefore encourage them to make responsible decisions regarding their homes, which includes the maintenance and upkeep of their homes, as well as ensuring the security of their assets for their loved ones in future by including it in their Will,’ said Councillor Booi.

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