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Council rental units undergo major upgrades<span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/rental%20units%20upgrade.jpg" style="width:574px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The City owns approximately 50 000 rental units that are located across various areas of the metro. Some of the units were built as early as the 1940s and have since then been a home to thousands of residents. <br>The recent upgrades to the CRUs in Atlantis and in Hout Bay were carried out at a total cost of R9 million in this financial year.<br><br>In Atlantis, the external façades of Island Place (Blocks A, B, C and D), and Dura Flats (Albatross and Babblers Blocks) were given a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. In addition, the roofs and external carpentry of the abovementioned blocks were also upgraded and the windows and doors were refurbished. The roofs of Blocks E, F and G were replaced.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/rental%20units%20upgrade2.jpg" style="width:559px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>‘The City’s rental units are a vital part of the affordable residential accommodation continuum. The CRUs are home to the poorest of the poor. These are rented units that are owned by the City,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.<br>The contractor’s employment of 66 tenants from Island Place was aligned with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP). One of the priorities of the ODTP is to ensure economic inclusion by creating community work opportunities. </p><p>A group of 48 residents were employed for phase one of the project. The group of residents was given the opportunity to put their painting skills to use and helped with giving the external facade of the blocks a welcome make-over.</p><p>A further group of 18 residents was employed to assist with phase two of the project which consisted of roof replacements in three of the blocks in Island Place. </p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/rental%20units%20upgrade3.jpg" style="width:574px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure>‘I must applaud the contractor for creating job opportunities for a group of tenants, albeit on a temporary basis. Bringing residents on board to be a part of the project will help to instil in them a sense of pride and belonging. On a daily basis they will be reminded of the role each of them played in uplifting their space,’ said Councillor Diamond.</span></span></span><p>In Hout Bay, the facades of six double-storey blocks (A, B, C, and U, V, W) were upgraded at a cost of R2,8 million, which included servicing and refurbishment of the windows.<br>In the previous financial year, 2016/17, the City invested about R50 million to upgrade various aspects of the CRUs. <br>The proposed draft budget for 2018/19 is R85 million for further upgrades and maintenance to Council rental stock.<br>‘The extensive upgrades project forms part of the City’s Asset Management Plan to improve the condition of the City’s rental stock units. We also call upon our tenants to work with us to maintain their units. While the City does all it can to maintain the external areas of the units, we ask our tenants to take care of the inside of their units as most of them already do,’ added Councillor Diamond.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><span><span></span><p> </p>​​</span><p> </p></span><p> </p>2018-05-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#b009bf37-7893-4b95-bb66-d24a0bd3598f;L0|#0b009bf37-7893-4b95-bb66-d24a0bd3598f|council rental units;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#29e39a5a-e609-4189-a4db-9cee8a24dc95;L0|#029e39a5a-e609-4189-a4db-9cee8a24dc95|Upgrade;GP0|#7c279313-8dab-4ec4-939c-91ff4dadaa14;L0|#07c279313-8dab-4ec4-939c-91ff4dadaa14|renovation1

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