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Good progress at City, Garden Cities’ R74m Greenville Phase 3 housing project<p>The Greenville project is a partnership between the City’s Human Settlements Directorate, the Western Cape Government’s Department of Human Settlements and developer, Garden Cities. <br> <br>Thus far, 1 441 beneficiaries have received homes in the three phases of the project, with the current phase 3, being the last of the phases. Phase 1 and 2 had a combined cost of R247 million and Phase 2 was completed in August 2020. The Greenville development forms part of a greater catalytic housing development, which will eventually boast approximately 4 000 BNG housing opportunities, social housing, financed linked houses and commercial opportunities.  </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>​​ ‘Although we’ll continue to hand over new housing opportunities to beneficiaries over the coming months, we recognise that we need new ways to deliver human settlement opportunities and greater partnerships to address the housing demand. A radical reform of the housing environment is required as the City, as a local government on its own, cannot solely be responsible for the housing challenges and impact from urbanisation. This type of project that is based on partnership and innovation is absolutely a firm step in the right direction to deliver more affordable housing opportunities that are well located. We need to look at all our options for greater and more diverse delivery methods, while protecting the projects and plans that we have in place from the impacts of illegal occupation and national budget cuts. We have developed a draft Human Settlements Strategy that sets out the challenge and proposes a way forward to enable the delivery of more opportunities. We encourage all residents to look at the strategy that is out for public participation and to comment on it because we are all in this together,’ said Councillor Booi. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>​Greenville Phase 3 uses Alternative Building Technologies (ABT) such as the Benex Block, which was brought to South Africa by Garden Cities from Australia. </p></span></span><p>The Benex Block is a lightweight block, thermal efficient and easy to use during construction. Due to the easy installation, Garden Cities is able to use skilled and unskilled labour from the community.</p><p><strong>View and comment on the draft Human Settlements Strategy</strong><br>Please visit <a href=""></a>. In addition, the executive summary of the strategy is available in three official languages at subcouncil offices during the public participation period, which closes on 30 November 2020.<br> <br><strong>Unlawful occupation: Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.<br> <br> <br>End</p>2020-10-13T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82;L0|#00d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82|human settlements;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#235f790f-705c-4a8b-9689-35a2152e7476;L0|#0235f790f-705c-4a8b-9689-35a2152e7476|housing projects1

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