166 new beneficiaries move into the City’s Morningstar housing project in Durbanville

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166 qualifying beneficiaries received an early and well-deserved Christmas present from the City of Cape Town – keys to their new homes in the City’s Morningstar housing project in Durbanville.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi and the Project Steering Committee were there to hand over the keys.

Booi said, “These handovers were particularly special to the City and we celebrate with the first Morningstar beneficiaries as they move into their homes.

Beneficiaries of this housing project are among some of the most vulnerable in Cape Town and now they are able to celebrate Christmas and the festive season in their new homes after a long wait.”

According to the City, the project cost R34.2 million.

“The selection of beneficiaries for housing projects is done in accordance with the City’s Allocation Policy and the City’s Housing Needs Register to ensure that housing opportunities are allocated to qualifying beneficiaries in a fair and equitable manner that prevents queue-jumping,” stated the City.

They also stated that beneficiary target areas are determined in consultation with the community’s representatives and thereafter submitted to a Housing Allocation Committee for approval.

31 units were handed over last week and 16 units will be handed over this week, says the City.

The City stated, “This project has a total of 166 Breaking New Ground (BNG) State-subsidised houses, which have been ready for hand over to beneficiaries since September 2018.

“In 2021, the City will hand over the remaining units to beneficiaries. This is expected to be concluded by the end of March 2021, if all goes according to plan.”

Beneficiaries would have moved in sooner. However, according to the City, the Morningstar Development and Upliftment Initiative (MDUI) attempted to prevent the handover and challenged the allocation process in Court.

“This matter followed due court processes and negotiations were successful as both parties came to an amicable settlement in October 2020. The settlement was made an order of the court on 13 November 2020.”

The City said it will continue to secure the project to ensure that the remaining units are not unlawfully occupied.

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“We thank the project teams for the hard work and dedication in helping us provide homes to these beneficiaries who have waited patiently,” said Booi.

“The City remains committed to handing over new housing opportunities to beneficiaries in areas across the metro to create opportunities for them and to enable redress.”

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