A Massive Housing Project to Transform Lives in Western Cape

1 min read
h o

In Western Cape, South Africa, a massive and ambitious housing project is underway, spearheaded by Tertuis Simmers, the Minister of Infrastructure. The Airport Precinct Informal Settlement project aims to provide dignified living opportunities for thousands of families by building 7,800 houses spread across nine distinct communities. With a budget of R3.2 billion, the initiative involves land rehabilitation, bulk services, internal services, and top structures during various stages of development.

Five Main Areas and Four Infill Sites

The airport precinct is divided into five main areas: Kanana, Barcelona, Europe, Vukuzenzele, and Lusaka. In addition, there are four infill sites: Lusaka Infills, Gxagxa, New Rest, Tsunami, and Thabo Mbeki. The project is located on a historic landfill, which requires extensive land remediation.

Relocation Process and Challenges Encountered

To achieve the desired outcome, the Western Cape Department of Infrastructure has identified Greenfield land parcels for temporary relocation of residents. This process is part of the de-densification strategy to accommodate the high population density in the targeted areas. Despite careful planning, the relocation process has not been entirely smooth, encountering challenges and delays along the way. For example, the illegal occupation of Greenfield land at Welmoed Estate (Penhill) by informal farmers has hindered construction and led to a stalemate.

Collaborative Partnership and Progress Made

Despite the challenges, the department has made significant progress in relocating 800 beneficiaries from southern corridor areas to Forest Village. Out of these, 75 are vulnerable individuals, including the elderly and people with disabilities. This effort has been driven by a collaborative partnership between Minister Simmers and Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Pam Tshwete. As of now, 799 out of the 800 beneficiaries have been successfully relocated, in line with the target set during the March 2020 meeting between Minister Simmers and the airport precinct community.

The Importance of Collaborative Partnership

The project’s success hinges on the relocation of 3,000 qualifying beneficiaries, which will make space for land rehabilitation and unlock further development of the airport precinct. In addressing the challenges faced, Minister Simmers highlights the importance of a collaborative partnership between the department, the community, and their elected leaders. Engaging with the community is a crucial aspect of the project, as evidenced by the memorandum received from the Taiwan community.

Transparent and Comprehensive Updates

As the project continues to unfold, Minister Simmers remains dedicated to providing transparent and comprehensive updates, inviting questions and input from the community. It is through this ongoing dialogue and collaboration that the Airport Precinct Informal Settlement project aims to transform lives and promote a brighter future for thousands of families in Western Cape.

A Russian-Spanish journalist and Cape Town native, channels his lifelong passion for South Africa into captivating stories for his local blog. With a diverse background and 50 years of rich experiences, Serjio's unique voice resonates with readers seeking to explore Cape Town's vibrant culture. His love for the city shines through in every piece, making Serjio the go-to source for the latest in South African adventures.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous Story

MEC Anton Bredell Applauds Verdict on Irregular Expenditure in Matzikama Municipality

Next Story

Deputy Minister Lisa Mangcu to Visit Families Affected by Eastern Cape Car Crash

Latest from Blog

South Africa’s Stalwart Commitment to Nuclear Energy: The Koeberg Extension Project

South Africa’s commitment to nuclear energy is evident in its Koeberg Extension Project. The project aims to extend the life of the Koeberg nuclear power station by 20 years, ensuring the country’s energy future. Koeberg provides 5% of Eskom’s power generation and is a crucial element in South Africa’s energy ecosystem. The project highlights the country’s technical expertise and dedication to developing domestic talent.

A Look at the Western Cape Government’s Digital Transformation Success

The Western Cape Government has won the Public Service Innovation Award at the United Nations Public Service Forum for its CitizenCentric Digital Transformation project. The project aims to improve the living standards of citizens through the use of digital technology and has been successful in creating a citizenfocused digital infrastructure and eliminating the digital divide. The WCG plans to continue to build on its digital infrastructure to further improve public services.

Unveiling South Africa: A Journey Through Its Incredible Road Trips

Explore the wonders of South Africa through seven incredible road trips, each offering a unique perspective into the nation’s charm and allure. From the Garden Route’s balance of nature and adventure, to the Cape Peninsula’s rugged cliffs and iconic landmarks, to the Midlands Meander’s art, history, and gastronomy, there’s something for everyone. Unmask the cultural and natural splendor of the Wild Coast, indulge in worldclass wine along Route 62, and appreciate the undisturbed coastal scenery of the West Coast Way. South Africa awaits, ready to be uncovered and explored.

“The Shakedown”: A Testament to South African Cinema’s Global Impact

“The Shakedown” is a new South African film set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on August 8. Directed by Ari Kruger, the film boasts an impressive cast and showcases the talent of the South African film industry. It tells the story of Justin Diamond, a medical aid broker who gets caught up in the criminal underworld of Cape Town, leading to a series of thrilling adventures. With its international distribution, “The Shakedown” is a milestone for South African cinema, showcasing the country’s creativity and narrative prowess.

Building an Inclusive Future: The Presidential Budget Vote of 2024

The Presidential Budget Vote of 2024 outlines President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision for South Africa’s future, with a focus on inclusive growth, job creation, poverty reduction, and ethical, capable, and developmentoriented governance. The government’s strategy involves collaboration and partnership across the public and private sectors, with civic engagement and scientific innovation playing a key role. The Presidency is committed to tackling youth unemployment, genderbased violence and femicide, and implementing initiatives to improve economic and social wellbeing for all South Africans.