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First-time property owners settle in their new homes in Fisantekraal<p>​</p><p>To date, 700 beneficiaries have already moved into their Breaking New Ground (BNG) homes, which were built during the first phase of the Greenville Garden City development in Fisantekraal, near Durbanville. The final 168 BNG houses for this phase will be handed over by October this year.</p><p>On Friday 4 May 2018, Councillor Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, visited the development to view its progress. He also visited the homes of beneficiaries, Moriat Banzana, 61, and Sheila Kruger, 69, who moved into their new homes in April. </p><p>Mr Banzana, whose left leg was amputated last year, said he was grateful to move from the informal settlement into his own home with his son.</p> <span> <div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="3" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>Delivering housing opportunities to beneficiaries in the Fisantekraal area</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>Delivering housing opportunities to beneficiaries in the Fisantekraal area</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>Delivering housing opportunities to beneficiaries in the Fisantekraal area</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"><b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span> <p> </p><p> ‘I enjoy living here in my new house because I have my own toilet and shower. I am also looking forward to winter because this year it won’t be that cold for me,’ he said. Ms Kruger was on the housing database for 18 years. ‘I lived in a wendy house for 10 years before this. All I can say is that it feels great to have my own home; all thanks to God. I am very grateful because I was waiting so long and I sometimes wondered if I would ever get a house. This weekend my family will be visiting me to see my house. <br><br>My pastor will also be coming soon to bless my house,’ she said. This project forms part of a greater catalytic housing development which will eventually boast approximately 4 000 BNG housing opportunities, social housing, and financed-linked houses. It also includes plans for schools, community facilities, public spaces and transport infrastructure. The BNG houses are planned to be constructed over six phases. <br><br> This project is being made possible through the partnership between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government (WCG) and property development company, Garden Cities. The City and the WCG are funding the infrastructure and houses and have also provided the planning, design and implementation input, standards, specification and approvals for the development. The first phase of this project, which will boast 868 BNG houses, is approximately R152 million excl. VAT. <br><br>Overall, the cost of the 4 000 units will amount to approximately R700 million over six years.<br><br> ‘By handing over keys to our beneficiaries, we are reminded that this project has gone from being a plan on paper to a reality that is making a difference in the lives of our residents. It is always very exciting to share in the joy of empowering some of our most vulnerable residents as first-time property owners. <br><br>Overall, this is a very exciting project as this is the beginning of a new area with all the necessary infrastructure that will be eventually built,’ said Councillor Herron. Last year the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works, with a focus on transit-oriented development. ‘As I walked in the streets of the Fisantekraal development, I was reminded of the colourful, historical Cape housing aesthetic that we see in Bo-Kaap. <br><br>The landscaping, the development of an animal welfare clinic, the house shops, children playing in the area and the community sharing their stories with me all created a sense of community which was very heart-warming to experience. <br><br> ‘Overall, we are very proud to be a part of a catalytic project which will eventually house and integrate hundreds of families from various income groups, with access to transport infrastructure, schools, community facilities and public open spaces. <br><br> ‘These keys that are handed over do more than just provide our beneficiaries with access to their new homes with roofs over their heads. These keys are symbolic of our beneficiaries’ dreams being unlocked as they are able to own property for the first time.<br><br> ‘Providing houses to our beneficiaries is in line with the City’s commitment to redressing the inequality of the Apartheid past – a period where people were denied ownership of property. We are therefore looking forward to making more dreams come true by handing over the remaining houses to our beneficiaries in the coming months,’ said Councillor Brett Herron. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>End </strong></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|#75560ad8-c462-4428-8349-4c6bc9e0aa3e;L0|#075560ad8-c462-4428-8349-4c6bc9e0aa3e|Fisantekraal;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4f905c08-072a-43d2-8461-0505ce3c90ba;L0|#04f905c08-072a-43d2-8461-0505ce3c90ba|beneficiary;GP0|#7e4c0868-d8c1-418f-b054-e83fb97f2301;L0|#07e4c0868-d8c1-418f-b054-e83fb97f2301|housing development1

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