By Matlhodi Maseko MPP, Western Cape Spokesperson on Human Settlements:
Frustrated community members in Delft are planning a march to the Provincial Parliament, following being misinformed by a community organiser.
I will write to the Minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, Bonginkosi Madikizela, to inquire whether there is any action that his department can take to ease tensions surrounding the N2 Gateway project.
Sulyman Stellenboom organised a community meeting in Delft where he informed members of the community that the City of Cape Town builds only 200 to 300 houses per year. He is also quoted as saying that there is no housing beneficiary list.
The N2 Gateway is a national project in which the Housing Development Agency is working in collaboration with the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements and the City of Cape Town, to deliver 15 000 housing opportunities to communities in:
- New Rest,
- Delft 7-9,
- Delft Symphony,
- Boystown, and
- Joe Slovoand.
12 000 housing opportunities have already been delivered upon by the project.
The allocation of housing opportunities is based on the beneficiary list which is determined by the housing database. Beneficiaries who are under the age of 40 are not prioritised. This is a directive from the National Department of Human Settlements.
The housing backlog in our province remains a serious concern. The doors of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament are always open to community members who must have access to the correct information.
The DA in the Western Cape is committed to improving the living conditions of communities in the Western Cape and will continue to support National Government in the effective delivery of N2 Gateway project.