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Old July 4th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #1
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#N2 Gateway Housing Project - Residential

N2 Gateway project expanded

By Anel Powell

Bold plans for the final phases of the N2 Gateway project, which will include three bridges with convenience supermarkets linking the development with Athlone across the freeway, have been released by the national department of housing.

Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told media on Tuesday that the target of the government's flagship housing project had been upped from 20 000 to 30 000 units, with the completion date set for 2010 - four years later than planned.

There are also plans to include a sports complex with fields and a swimming pool, and a shopping centre.

'I am not apportioning blame because I don't do cheap politicking'
But the department is still grappling with critical problems. The latest is a complaint from the City of Cape Town that the material being used for the roads in Delft 7-9 and Delft Symphony does not comply with specifications.

If it is not removed and replaced, the roads will deteriorate prematurely. Thubelisha Homes, the managing agent for the project, has been informed that all work on the roads in the two projects will be stopped.

Thubelisha general manager Prince Sigcawu said the city and company had not sufficiently monitored the construction of the roads.

He said the N2 Gateway was a pilot project and that problems would be dealt with.

Sisulu spoke openly of the delays and problems that have dogged the project since it was launched in 2004.

She said some of the responsibility for these hiccups rested with the city, which took a year to sign a land availability agreement to release land for the housing development.

Sisulu declined to comment on the spat between the national and local governments.

Mayor Helen Zille said in a recent Cape Times editorial article that the N2 Gateway had not been a success and that the biggest delays were before the DA-led coalition took control of the city last year.

In response, Sisulu said she was "disconcerted" Zille had not taken the time to "understand" the project. "The city, on assumption of power, immediately wanted to attack."

Sisulu said she had asked the auditor-general to investigate the causes of the delays.

"I am not apportioning blame because I don't do cheap politicking. I will focus my mind on delivery.''

She said work on the District Six section of the N2 Gateway would start as soon restitution and claims issues had been sorted. A meeting with the District Six Beneficiary Trust was scheduled for later this month.

If Thubelisha Homes was appointed to manage the project, it could "take the sting" out of problems there. About R15-million has been allocated for the district's development.

Sisulu said the department had revealed its vision for the N2 Gateway now that the project was on track. The bridges across the N2 would save communities now divided by a road from being uprooted.

Shops could be placed on these bridges. "We hope to meet soon with the private sector and possibly put the project out to tender," she said.

The N2 Gateway's budget had increased from R2-billion to R3-billion to account for increasing building costs and its expansion, she said.

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* This article was originally published on page 3 of The Cape Times on July 04, 2007

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Old July 4th, 2007, 11:45 PM   #2
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I am really skeptical on this project. when it was launched with much fanfare a few years back they aimed to have 20 000 units complete by now...sadly they have only finished 880 and even those have many faults with them. I just dont see how now they claim they will do 30 000 by 2010. I'll be impressed if they even manage 5000 with the track record they have.
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another fiasco will prob take place and the ANC are refusing to allow the city to help solve the housing crisis.

of the 22000 units that were supposed to be delivered only 2000 were completed and have issues.

you should see the cape argus image of the "green belt" of the N2 gateway...
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another fiasco will prob take place and the ANC are refusing to allow the city to help solve the housing crisis.

of the 22000 units that were supposed to be delivered only 2000 were completed and have issues.

you should see the cape argus image of the "green belt" of the N2 gateway...
will take a pic now
Mayor Helen Zille is to declare an inter-governmental dispute with Western Cape MEC of Housing Richard Dyantyi who is holding up the city's ability to deliver houses without the MEC due to the national Local Government Ministry having granted the city accreditation to deliver social housing. Not surprised that Richard Dyantyi is creating problems again since he tried unsuccessfully last year to topple Zille's coalition with his devious plans to reconstite the mayoral committee. The city does have legal recourse if the dispute is not resolved in the Cape High Court if the national Local Government Minister Sydney Mafumadi cannot restrain Richard Dyantyi, who in turn gets his marching orders from the dreaded ANC PEC chairman James Ncqulu.
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I am really skeptical on this project. when it was launched with much fanfare a few years back they aimed to have 20 000 units complete by now...sadly they have only finished 880 and even those have many faults with them. I just dont see how now they claim they will do 30 000 by 2010. I'll be impressed if they even manage 5000 with the track record they have.
N2 Gateway is the biggest housing fiasco in South Africa. The reason why the ANC took it over after the DA took control of Cape Town is they are afraid that the DA might do much better than the mess that was created when the controversial former Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo was in power when there were irregular contracts over the construction of the first phase. It later emerged that ANC cronies who with their fancy cars were given houses instead of the poor. Total lack of accountability on the part of the government and the gravy only now will get thicker.
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Mo Rush,

Thanks for the green belt picture. If only it will materialise and eliminate the eyesores between the airport and the city.

Do you by chance have any picture of the housing units and what they look like?
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I cant belive that in an african democracy like we have that its still cheep politicing at the expense of the poor. Fucking ANC really piss on my parade andyou can see their true commie colours when they would rather hold it up for ploitical gain as apposed to helping solve the problems. Its a shame on SA and in the eyes of investors like myself sends shivers up my spine.
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makes me sad that projects like these are being held back by politicking between the ANC and DA in cape town. I just hope we are going to emerge out of the political mayhem that is holding SA from really realizing its true potential.
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Obstacles blocking housing delivery - Zille

July 11 2007 at 08:08AM

By Anel Powell

The City of Cape Town and the national department of housing met on Tuesday to discuss challenges of the N2 Gateway Project in the first meeting between the two spheres of government since the council was removed from the project in June last year.

The council has still not been told if it will get the accreditation needed to fast-track housing developments.

Mayor Helen Zille requested the meeting with Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in a bid to remove some of the obstacles blocking housing delivery in the city.

But Zille said on Tuesday that she was informed, upon her arrival at Sisulu's office, that the minister was unable to attend due to another commitment. Instead, Zille met Richard Dyantyi, MEC for Local Government and Housing, and Director-General of Housing Itumeleng Kotsoane.




The city has declared a dispute against the provincial government for dragging it heels in giving the city the housing accreditation that would allow it to access national housing subsidies without provincial approval.

Kotsoane said the city's request for housing accreditation was not raised at Tuesday's meeting, as this was a provincial competency. But he said the department and the National Treasury were evaluating the 18 municipalities that had applied for accreditation.

Sisulu declined to comment on the issue last week, because of the dispute with the provincial government.

She did however say, in a interview, that she was "disconcerted" that the city had not taken time to understand the complexities of the project before requesting forensic audits of contracts that were signed for phase one.

Sisulu said the national department of housing, as "the top of the pyramid" could not jump over a (provincial) sphere to engage with the city.

Kotsoane was upbeat about Tuesday's meeting and said the city was still involved in the N2 Gateway project, providing services and infrastructure.

Sisulu last week announced new plans for the N2 Gateway, including bridges linking the development with Athlone.

She said the construction of 30 000 housing units, upscaled from 22 000, would be completed by 2010.

Sisulu told parliament on Monday that building contractors would work 24 hours, seven days a week, to accelerate construction.

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This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Times on July 11, 2007
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Old July 24th, 2007, 09:46 PM   #11
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Gateway fisco

Much media attention has been given to the Gateway N2 housing project in Cape Town and the dramatic failure of the government to build affordable housing for the poor in the city as demonstrated by the fact that fewer than 600 housing units have been finished (though most have structural defects) in the Gateway housing project since it was launched three years ago and the pie in the sky promises by former mayor Namaindia Mfeketo and the provincial government about building 22,000 housing units. I will post an article to follow on a City of Cape Town housing project in Khayelitsha that was started in September 2005 and is due to be finished in September 2007, a project that unlike Gateway has been sucessful in meeting it's target of more than 2,000 low-income houses.
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KEY CITY HOUSING PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION

06 July 2007

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 255/2007
06 JULY 2007

KEY CITY HOUSING PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION

Within two months a R118 million housing scheme designed to relieve the housing crisis in Site C, Khayelitsha will be completed.

“The Kuyasa Phase 2 Project will provide a new life and improved living standards for more than two thousand families.” says the Executive Director of the City Of Cape Town’s Housing Department, Hans Smit. “It is an outstanding example of what can be done when civic authorities work in close consultation with affected communities and, what is more, it has been completed on time and within budget.”

The project is one of the key anchor projects of the Presidential Urban Renewal Programme and is being funded primarily by the Capital Housing Subsidy Funding (PHDB). It specified that the Assisted Peoples Housing Process be part of the tender and this combined the vision and opportunities offered by the Peoples Housing Process (PHP) with the City’s committed management expertise to enable beneficiaries to build or organise the building of their homes.

An essential element of this project is the City’s Integrated Human Settlement vision which seeks to create a viable environment for families rather than a collection of houses that lack support systems.

Building started in September 2005 and, to date, 2030 houses – 90% of the contemplated 2399 homes - have been built. The project is scheduled for completion in September.

The project has been provided with the required overhead mast lighting and electricity supply to the completed houses.

A 36m², two-bedroom house is being provided. Beneficiaries who have been able to contribute financially towards the construction of their houses have received larger, 42m², houses.

Many of the families that have taken occupation of their new houses have already started building onto their homes and adding value to their starter house. Gardens have been planted, houses painted in creative ways and many small business have been started.

One of the new residents, Michael Mayekiso, said: I'm now happy that I'm no longer living in a shack. I'm happy to be in Kuyasa."

Market stalls have been developed adjacent to the project and several small businesses have been started as a result - with more in the offing. A new clinic has been opened and this has afforded the new residents both business opportunities and health care close to their homes.

Two schools, a primary school and secondary school, are currently being built on these sites and will be completed by September 2007 and a third is planned.

Public open spaces are being developed and existing natural green spaces have been preserved.

Seth Maqetuka, Director of Strategy, Support and Coordination in the City’s Housing Directorate, praised the fortitude and patience of the Site C community who had waited for a decade to receive their title deeds. “Site C was one of the first areas to be established in Khayelitsha in 1985, as a transit camp, but was the last to be developed due to the high number of people living on a single site. The Kuyasa project as a relocation project has helped tremendously in resolving the housing crisis in Site C”, he said.

Two construction companies were appointed by the City, Sakhilizwe Consultants and Novu Chelnat Civils. The delivery rate has been substantially increased by having two companies facilitating the construction of the houses.

Bringing the Kuyasa Phase 2 Project to a successful conclusion has been complex and challenging but its success is due to a dedicated and passionate team effort. Along with the City of Cape Towns’ project manager, Gavin Wiseman and City Directorates such as Transport, Roads and Stormwater (TRS), Water Services and Planning, valued contributions have been made by Element Consulting Engineers; Bau-Afrika Engineers, BKS (Pty) Ltd, Umtha Consultants, Nu-Plan Africa, Bawan Land Surveyors, Christiaans Land Surveyors and Doug Jeffrey Consultants. A major role has also been played by the civils contactor, Requad, along with Sakhilizwe Consultants and Novu Chelnat.

Wiseman said that bringing the project to fruition had never been easy but there have been many rewards: “Families that have been living in Site C shacks for 22 years have been provided with a home and secure tenure in the form of a title deed to their property, a piece of South Africa. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to watch the new residents of Kuyasa turn houses into homes”, he said.

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TEL: 021 400-2201

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