On Friday, 8 September 2017, the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela, along with Overstrand Executive Mayor Rudolph Smith, launched the multimillion rand Hawston Housing Development Project with a sod turning ceremony. The event was marked with much elation from community members, contractors and stakeholders concerned.
The Hawston Integrated Residential Development Project (IRDP), situated on a portion of land adjacent to the R43 in Hawston forms an extension of an existing residential area and is approximately 13 hectares in extent. It comprises 489 sites that include 107 residential sites for the affordable housing market, i.e. Grant Assistance Programme (GAP) and Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP), 378 residential sites for the Breaking New Ground (BNG) market, two business sites, two community zoned sites and nine open public spaces, roads and a storm water retention pond.
This development is representative of the Department’s mandate to deliver integrated and sustainable human settlements in which beneficiaries have access to the resources they need in order to thrive in life.
On addressing those present Mayor Smith stated, “My thanks go to the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, the project managers, implementing agent, contractors, my fellow councillors and the Overstrand administration, whose combined efforts have led us here today.”
In his keynote speech, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela commended the Municipality for the progress made in the delivery of housing in the region. However, he pointed out that government is unfortunately not in a position to provide free housing indefinitely and its strategic objective is to promote partnerships with the business and banking sector in the Western Cape in order to help alleviate the housing need. To this end, Madikizela stated, “We will continue to work closely with the banks and financial institutions to ensure carefully constructed mortgage packages that cater for the lower income brackets become available to more people.”
“This development will benefit a number of people and is aimed at meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and deserving beneficiaries and addressing the problem of those people that earn too much to get a free house and too little to get a bond,” said the minister. With that in mind, he cautioned the municipality to listen to the requirements of the middle earning class and to try to find the means to accommodate this group who in essence are valuable tax paying contributors.
He further urged the community to assist with ensuring the development reaches completion by not entertaining those who may have a tendency of blocking and sabotaging projects such as this, saying “toy-toying slows down service delivery. People should rather speak up so that we can look at ways to address any problems they may encounter along the way.”