Communities to march over poor housing
By Tina George
20 August 2007
Ten Cape Town communities will march from Kaisersgracht to the Civic Centre in Cape Town on Tuesday, over the City’s Housing Company’s broken promises.
This comes after the Cape Town Community Housing Company (funded by the National Housing Finance Corporation) built 2188 houses in areas such as Newfields Village, Hanover Park, Luyoloville, Philippi, Heideveld, Woodridge, Eastridge and Manenberg.
“However upon occupation of their new homes, beneficiaries discovered that they had moved into houses with major defects,” says Chairperson of Community Representative Council, Gary Hartzenberg.
Hartzenberg adds that after several attempts by the communities to rectify the situation, they have decided to go ahead with mass protest action.
R36 million was provided by the minister to repair these houses.
“The Company failed to fix any of the residents’ houses living in these communities and they will not be accepting any payment solution proposal,” says Hartzenberg.
A memorandum will be handed over for the scrapping of all of their arrears, it will also highlight their demands.