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New start for Morningstar beneficiaries <span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Note to editors</h4><p> The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a sod-turning event in Morningstar, Durbanville where the City will be building 166 units to house more than 650 beneficiaries. .</p></div></div></span><p>Mayoral Committee Member: Transport and Urban Development Authority, Councillor Brett Herron; members of the Morningstar Project Steering Committee; City councillors; officials and contractors; distinguished guests; members of the media; ladies and gentlemen.</p><p>Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.</p><p>I am very excited to be here with you today as we turn the first sod for the Morningstar Housing Development.</p><p>One of the main priorities that I identified for the next five years is to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning. </p><p>It is very clear that many people remain in the areas where they were dumped during the apartheid era. </p><p>Most of these areas are far removed from proper transport infrastructure.</p><p>They were also intentionally placed far away from areas of economic opportunity, where residents could find jobs. </p><p>We had elections only six months ago. When we campaigned, we made a promise that we would build a city that is more integrated and that development would take place close to transport corridors. </p><p>We said that we want people to live closer to economic opportunities. </p><p>We also said it is an indictment that the poor are spending 40% of their income on getting to work and accessing economic opportunities every day. </p><p>As such, our new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan prioritises transit-oriented urban growth and development.</p><p>The Morningstar Housing Development is proof that our words were more than just lip service. </p><p>We are taking the necessary steps to the re-envision and re-create our city. </p><p>The units that we will be building here are all situated on this great transport arterial, Langeberg Road. </p><p>This area is only 2 km from the Durbanville CBD and only 10 km from Cape Town’s second biggest CBD, Bellville. </p><p>The development is in close proximity to the major activity routes and it is close to the Durbanville taxi rank.</p><p>We will also be building a brand new taxi- and bus-embayment for the residents who will stay here.</p><p>As an inclusive city, we are going to make sure that the people of Morningstar feel connected and part of the rest of the city. </p><p>The City is spending R34,1 million on this development which spans over 1,6 hectares of land. </p><p>We will be building 166 Breaking New Ground homes to the benefit of about 664 people.</p><p>We know that the houses are going to those who need them most.</p><p>These are government-subsidised houses, so the beneficiaries are residents who earn less than R3 500 per month.</p><p>The allocation list has been finalised and I want to thank the Project Steering Committee present here with us today for their leadership in this regard.</p><p>You were entrusted with the faith of the beneficiaries and you have succeeded in your mandate thus far.</p><p>Should the road become rocky ahead, I ask you to remember this milestone so that it can motivate you once more. </p><p>I want to wish the contractors and project managers well as they embark on this project.</p><p>You are always behind the scenes but we appreciate the work that you do.</p><p>Please remember that you carry the hopes of many community members on your shoulders. </p><p>This should motivate you to keep to the timelines which you have set. </p><p>We all need to keep working together because the beneficiaries have waited long enough to have their own homes. </p><p>I look forward to us all getting together again in March next year to welcome them home. </p><p>I thank you. God bless. </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="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> Mayor and the Morning Star steering committee </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> Mayor Patricia de Lille and Duke Gumede </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:800px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>                <strong>Morning Star,Durbanville</strong></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></div></div></span><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-02-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#8b03f782-9eb6-455f-82e9-6429b6354cf9;L0|#08b03f782-9eb6-455f-82e9-6429b6354cf9|Speeches;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#dc3d458e-744d-4a65-984f-97c964e3c982;L0|#0dc3d458e-744d-4a65-984f-97c964e3c982|Morning Star;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4f905c08-072a-43d2-8461-0505ce3c90ba;L0|#04f905c08-072a-43d2-8461-0505ce3c90ba|beneficiary;GP0|#a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82;L0|#0a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82|housing1

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