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R11m repair work under way at Ocean View affordable housing units<div>The Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Carl Pophaim, and officials within the Directorate visited Sonja Block in the area today, 27 February 2024, to check on the progress of the essential maintenance. The work is part of the City's priority programme driving investment in public housing. <br></div><div><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:880px;" /><br></div><div><br></div><div>'Public housing is a priority programme for the City and for me and we are set to really ramp up maintenance and upgrade work over the next several months. Since 2018, approximately R200 million has been spent on staircase upgrades in particular and includes the repair and replacement of more than 1 300 priority staircases. In addition, at the end of last year, R30 million was made available for the staircase programme in Lavender Hill, Lotus River and Ocean View, where we visited today.</div><div><br></div><div>'Because of the huge demand for repairs at our rental units, we focus on critical, emergency work across the metro with health and safety considerations as the most important priorities. The City uses rental income for maintenance and due to the amount of work which needs to be completed, the City has to be cautious about what it prioritises. The majority of service requests unfortunately involve the vandalism of units. By working together to prevent vandalism, we could use our limited resources to prioritise other urgent maintenance matters. </div><div><br></div><div>'The City is one of the biggest landlords in the country and an estimated 160 000 people currently benefit from the affordable rental public housing units operated by the City. There are many challenges in public housing but I am committed to stepping up our efforts to find new ways of addressing the most urgent priorities within the finite budgetary and human resources that we have,' said Councillor Pophaim.<br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span>Priority given to emergency repairs:</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Due to the large volume of service requests, it is the City’s priority to attend to the most urgent repairs first. Staircase repairs and replacement was identified as a priority. </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>The majority of repair work required at our public housing units is unfortunately due to vandalism.</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>If tenants have any safety concerns regarding their units and staircases, they are encouraged to please contact the Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre: 021 444 0333 </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>End</div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2024-02-26T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82;L0|#0a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82|housing;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82;L0|#00d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82|human settlements;GP0|#9e0b3ab6-8232-457f-880c-7e05271ab2d6;L0|#09e0b3ab6-8232-457f-880c-7e05271ab2d6|community residential unit10

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