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City’s R130m The Hague project sees further handovers<p>The City is pleased to hand over 21 more units to qualifying beneficiaries today, at its R130 million Hague housing project. The City remains committed to handing over new housing opportunities to qualifying beneficiaries across the metro over the coming weeks and months. </p><p>Beneficiaries of the BNG opportunities are selected in accordance with the City’s Housing Allocation Policy and the City’s Housing Needs Register to ensure that housing opportunities are made available in a fair and transparent manner that prevents queue jumping and to those who qualify for housing as per the South African legislation.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:980px;" /> </figure><p>​​ ‘We celebrate with the 21 beneficiaries today, as many of today’s beneficiaries are first-time home owners. We look forward to providing many more new housing opportunities to qualifying beneficiaries to create opportunities for them and to enable redress.  This project began in April 2018 and will provide a total of 2 407 BNG housing opportunities to our beneficiaries who are some of the most vulnerable in Cape Town.</p></span><p>‘The project is expected to be concluded by the end of June 2021, if all goes according to plan. Our housing projects remain under threat of unlawful occupation. Stealing land in this way steals opportunities from those who are registered and from beneficiaries who are in the process of receiving their affordable housing opportunity. Residents and communities are encouraged to support the City’s efforts to protect beneficiaries, community projects and services by alerting us to any attempts to occupy land unlawfully.</p><p>‘Human settlements delivery is beset with challenges, including R1,3 billion in City housing projects under threat from ongoing orchestrated unlawful occupations, National Government budget cuts reducing the City’s Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) by R118 million just for human settlements, a weak national economy and regulatory red tape. </p><p>‘The City’s Human Settlements Directorate spent 98% of its USDG capital budget in the 2019/20 financial year despite the greatly negative COVID-19 and lockdown regulations’ impact on its programmes and operations. This illustrates the City is able to deliver on State projects as earmarked, but the need is pronounced and a new, whole-of-society approach is required to address the profound need for affordable accommodation in Cape Town as in many cities across South Africa,’ said Councillor Booi.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><strong>​Anonymous tip-offs welcomed to safeguard projects from unlawful occupation:</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.</span><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-02-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#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 projects10


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