On Monday, 2 November 2015, the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela officiated at the launch of the top structures of the “Cemetery Site” and “Site A” housing projects in Mount Pleasant.
The two sites are situated within the urban edge, are central to the residential area of Mount Pleasant and are within walking distance to a number of social and economic facilities.
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.
The total project costs for the 172 “Cemetery Site” and 48 “Site A” homes amounts to over R20 million and R5 million respectively.
On addressing the audience, Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie said, “Everything is running on schedule and I have to extend my appreciation to the implementing agent, Motlekar Overstrand, for the quality of workmanship and consistently providing above standard houses to the intended beneficiaries in our area.”
Botha-Guthrie further stated, “My thanks also go to the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, the project managers and my fellow councillors. Your continued efforts have certainly helped reduce the backlog of the housing demand database and meeting the needs of our communities.”
In his keynote address, Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela commended the Municipality on the good progress being made in the delivery of housing in the region. However, he pointed out that government will not be able 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 said, “We need our people to make a financial contribution towards their homes. We’ll therefore be working very closely with the banks to ensure carefully constructed mortgage packages that cater for the lower income brackets become available to more people.”
The ceremony concluded with the Mayor advising that after consultation with the community “Cemetery Site” will soon be renamed to the more palatable “Uitkyk”. Given the beautiful view that its residents will enjoy, it could be said that “Uitkyk” is a far better descriptor and more fitting.