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Old April 22nd, 2010, 11:29 AM   #1
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#HOUSING: Western Cape

Low-cost 'green' house signals way of future



By LUVUYO MJEKULA

THE completion and handover of the first low-cost house that uses solar and wind energy to a Mfuleni mother yesterday has been tipped as a precedent for future low-cost housing in the Western Cape.

The "green" house allows the owner access to free lighting and hot water through "green" architectural methods as well as solar panels, and wind power from locally manufactured wind turbines.

Now Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela wants to roll out similar houses "en masse", he said while handing the house over to Mfuleni resident Phindiwe Mbewana, 33, in windy conditions yesterday.

Mbewana had applied for and received a subsidy through a partnership between the housing department and low-cost housing developers VHP Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

After demolishing her shack and squatting in a neighbour's home, she had to wait only a month before her new 50-square-metre, three-bedroom house was completed.

Mbewana could not hide her joy as Madikizela gave her the keys yesterday.

"I am so excited I can't wait to move in tonight. I can't believe this is my home."

Madikizela said the house was a response to his call for the housing department to explore alternative technologies in housing delivery. .

"As the (housing) department, we want to take this and roll it out en masse - we've seen this is working."

VHP Holdings managing director Sean van Horsten said the house set a precedent for all low-cost housing projects.

The house is 10m2 bigger than normal RDP houses.

VHP Holdings teamed up with Purest Energy, a company representing local manufacturers of wind turbines and solar solutions.

"We have utilised solar geysers and wind turbines so as to supply alternative, sustainable and affordable lighting and hot water," said Van Horsten.

Corne Snyders, of Purest Energy, said their solar- and wind-energy system provided the owner with free electricity.

"If you consider that prices of electricity are going up, it makes sense to come up with these alternative methods.

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Published on the web by Cape Times on April 22, 2010. © Cape Times 2010. All rights reserved.
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Where were these photos taken, is it Khayelitsha ?
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Where were these photos taken, is it Khayelitsha ?

Looks like the tennement flat blocks in Lavender Hill/ Blue Downes to me
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Province to confiscate RDP houses in WC
01 Jun 2010

RDP houses in the province transferred to beneficiaries less than eight years ago, which have been sold by their owners, will be confiscated and given to the needy, says Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela.

Location specific audits have revealed that in some cases, as in George, up to 90 percent of RDP houses have been sold by beneficiaries, and a visit by former housing MEC Richard Dyantyi in 2008 revealed that up to 60 percent of RDP houses in Du Noon had been sold or let.

But Madikizela said the Housing Act stipulated that the RDP housing beneficiaries were not allowed to sell their houses within an eight year period, and his department was to audit the 101 000 housing subsidies granted since 2002.

“The houses that are returned to the Department in terms of the pre-emptive right clause (in the Housing Act) will be reallocated by municipalities to qualifying people in terms of the relevant criteria,” said Madikizela.

“We will find a way that government reclaim the houses (RDP) and give them to the needy.”

But he said the magnitude of the problem had to first be determined.

To this end his department was busy drafting terms of reference to appoint a service provider to analyse the status of all state-funded housing projects.

He said the survey to be conducted by an appointed service provider would also establish how many title deeds still needed to be transferred to beneficiaries and, where title deeds had not been handed over, what the reasons for the delay were.

“It is anticipated that this survey of our projects will be concluded by the end of the financial year (31 March 2011). However, once we have some preliminary data from this study we will already be in a position to start to plot a way forward in dealing with this matter.”

In Du Noon residents were scared to speak about the sales and ownership of RDP houses, saying they feared being killed if they spoke out about what exactly was happening.

Community leader Madlomo Ndamane said the sale of RDP houses was “a hot business” in the township.

“Its a big problem.”

She said beneficiaries sold their house, and then once they had spent their money, tried to reclaim it.

She also said there were people who were approved RDP house beneficiaries, but never occupied their house, suggesting that money could have exchanged hands and other people were given the houses instead.

Meanwhile, the City has admitted that it was battling to issue title deeds to approved RDP housing beneficiaries in the metro.

Land acquisition specialist in the city's housing directorate, Marlize Odendal said in many cases the occupants of RDP houses were not the official beneficiaries, which made it difficult for the city to issue title deeds.

“It’s a general problem (issuing of title deeds) and its country wide,” said Odendal.

A senior city official in the housing directorate, who did not want to be named as he was not sure he was allowed to speak to the press, said the process of issuing title deeds in Du Noon was suspended last year as city-contracted workers received death threats from residents.

Blaauwberg sub-council chair Heather Brenner confirmed that city efforts to investigate “approved beneficiaries” of RDP houses in Du Noon had been continuously disrupted by people who did not want the project to move forward.

Brenner said of about 1000 RDP houses in Du Noon, half of them had been investigated and were occupied by official beneficiaries, but the remainder were unknown and under suspicion because residents there had threatened city contractors.

“It’s been a very frustrating exercise, true beneficiaries have been waiting for ten years to get their title deeds. They deserve them.”

Odendal said similar problems had been experienced in Gugulethu and Langa. - Peter Luhanga, West Cape News

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My one lecturer is doing research into a phenonemen in Du Noon where RDP houses have been torn down and re built on the same site but instead of there been a house there are now 20 "flats" of something like 5 sqm each, which are then been rented at very high rates
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My mate was just telling me about possibly going to help said lecturer do measurements and stuff there during the holidays.
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yeah he was asking for help today. Wonders who you know in my class.
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Zille praises new integrated subsidised housing scheme
Published: July 12, 2010


Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille (right), the first home recipient, Margaret Erasmus, Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Nielson, Ishmail Essa and Nizaam Essa of Asrin at the ceremonial ribbon cutting and handover of keys at Olive Close in Melkbosch Village at Melkbosstrand.

A new era in “subsidised” housing was ushered in recently when Asrin Property Developers handed over the first 34 units in its subsidised Olive Close social housing component (destined to have 100 units) at Melkbosch Village in Melkbosstrand.

The handover was attended by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, who said she “could not resist coming to take a look at” the project which had been close to her heart for some time.

Zille said that when she was mayor of Cape Town she and her housing team had investigated new ways of financing much needed quality housing for those who could not afford it.

“We talked to the banks and to private developers,” she said, “and it became clear that cross-subsidisation could provide an answer. This project is the first to show that cross-subsidisation can be highly effective.”

The Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Nielson, said the project had been conceived eight years ago and the council had to work through several challenges before it was satisfied that it had the correct formula.

“In this model that evolved here the developer of the larger free enterprise project and the Province contributed to the cost of the new units. The developers’ input was about R100 000 a unit. Asrin was the right developer for the project because its tender conformed to all the stipulated rulings ensuring the delivery of a quality product.”

Nielson said this project was the first in the Western Cape to be “fully integrated” into a more upmarket precinct and he congratulated the people of Melkbosstrand for being prepared to accept this. Those from disadvantaged communities now moving in would face some challenges in adapting, but ongoing work by the developer and Council’s social facilitators had already smoothed the path here.

Gaff Khan, a director of Asrin, thanked the architect for the scheme, Mike Wolters, who cleverly maintained the same look and aesthetics on the subsidised houses as was used on the more expensive units.

The 148 people attending the handover accompanied the visiting dignitaries and the first home recipient, Margaret Erasmus, to a ceremonial ribbon cutting and key handover.

The new houses all have open plan living, dining and kitchen areas, one bathroom and two bedrooms. All come with already approved plans for a third bedroom, which the new owners can add on when it suits them.

Ishmail Essa, chief executive of Asrin, said the development had been 100% successful so far and the subsidies should be recovered down the line.

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R100 million upgrade of Marble Flats, Ottery launched

The City’s refurbishment programme for its rental stock, the Community Residential Unit (CRU) upgrade project, has been launched in Marble Flats, Ottery.

All 43 of the four-storey blocks of flats between Daniel Avenue and Ivan Road will be renovated at a cost of over R100 million.

The renovation is part of the first phase of the CRU project, which started in January, with the aim of refurbishing 7 775 CRU rental unit properties in 11 project areas across Cape Town in terms of the National CRU Policy. These include Scottsville, Scottsdene, Manenberg, Heideveld, Hanover Park, Uitsig, Woodlands, Connaught and The Range in Elsies River, Marble Flats in Ottery, and Kewtown. Marble Flats is the sixth area to receive an upgrade.

“This project is an important part of the City’s plan to provide quality living environments for our residents and we are very excited to launch this important project in Marble Flats,” said Alderman Plato at the launch.

During the upgrade, the following work will be undertaken:

  • Repairs to leaks and blocked sewers
  • Repairs to plumbing installations
  • Rewiring of the entire electrical installation
  • Repairs to deteriorating staircases
  • Repairs to leaking roofs, fascias, gutters and down pipes
  • Repairs to doors and windows
  • Installation of new kitchen sink units
  • Laying of vinyl flooring
  • Laying of new wall tiling
  • Improvements to refuse collection areas
  • Improved security, i.e. repair of fences and gates
The blocks at Marble Flats have been divided into two areas, namely A and B, and work is expected to commence in mid-September 2010. Area A includes the following courts: Rooikrans, Euston, Mayfair, Hohonot, Harmony, Kerneels, Woodgate, Skyline, Rosen, Sherwood, Impala, Milwood, Bethal, Leon, Rust, Belle, New Haven and Bloem.

Work will be completed on a block-by-block basis and refurbishment work on each block is expected to take approximately two months. Area A should therefore be completed within 24 months, after which work on Area B will commence in August 2012.

Residents of each block will need to move out temporarily to allow contractors to renovate an entire block at one time. The City is preparing a temporary accommodation village on the field next to Edward Avenue.

This arrangement for temporary accommodation does not, however, apply to backyard dwellers, because the National CRU Policy does not make provision for backyard dwellers. The City therefore appeals to backyard dwellers to make alternative arrangements during the two-month construction period for their block. During this time, the whole block will be declared a construction site and scaffolding will be erected to repair and paint windows and walls.

Planning for the CRU project began two years ago when Aurecon was appointed to assist with the project management of the region. The Project Steering Committee, comprising elected representatives from each block, facilitated communication and community participation aspects while a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) conducted surveys to assess the level of work needed.

The City invited applications to tender for completion of the upgrade work. Tenderers were required to specify the amount of local labour opportunities they were prepared to provide and this formed part of the adjudication. The tender for Area A was awarded to Vusela Construction and 52.5 percent of labour will be sourced from the local subcouncil database of unemployed people in the area. Almost R2.5 million has been set aside for the employment of local labour.

A CLO will also be appointed for each contract area. The CLO position for Area A has already been advertised in community newspapers and on the City’s Subcouncil notice boards.




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Leo Mews, Elsies River - April 2010
Leo Mews, Elsies River - October 2009

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The Leo Mews gap housing development in
Elsies River is the result of a groundbreaking partnership between the City of Cape Town,
the Standard Bank of South Africa and Bitol Development.

This medium density, aesthetically pleasing apartment complex, which was officially
opened on 21 September 2009 by Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato, Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille and other City officials, comprises two bedroom units with fitted carpets and tiles, secure parking, a CCTV monitoring system and access control. The apartments have solar hot water systems to save electricity, and water recovery, recycling and re-use systems to conserve water and save money. There is a system for reclaiming ‘grey water’ used for household purposes and storage, and a reclaimable water system is used for toilets and lawn irrigation. All units have been equipped with waste separation bins divided into compartments for glass, paper, aluminum, plastic and non-recyclable goods.
“Standard Bank and Bitol supplied housing that, apart from its price, would not be out of place in more up-market residential areas," said Kevin Duncan, Managing Director of Standard Bank’s Integrated Residential Developments division (IRDev). "The developer also spent considerable time helping residents in a nearby older area with maintenance and cosmetic changes that improved the entire area - reducing the contrast between the old and the new in Elsies River. As a result there is a strong sense of community between new residents in Leo Mews and established residents in the area.

"The Leo Mews development sets new standards in the industry, being constructed in alignment with the Five-Star Green Building rating system."

There are 125 units in the development. Prices range between R237 000 and R254 000.

Potential buyers need to earn R7 200 or more per month to qualify for a bank loan and acquire finance directly from Standard Bank. The City will prioritise people who meet the income criteria on its integrated housing database.
"We are proud of the Leo Mews development, which is innovative, eco-friendly and provides accommodation to a segment of the population that has traditionally been excluded from quality accommodation because of affordability issues. This is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a municipality, financial institution and developer have a strong partnership.”“We believe that the development contributes significantly to the economic and social upliftment of the community,” said Duncan.

The development won a Southern African Housing Foundation merit award in October 2009. The award is given to organisations that 'identify, encourage and promote good practice in housing design development and management’. It is also awarded for ‘innovative use and management of human resources, financing options and technologies as well as the contribution to community development and management.’
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Projects

The City's housing projects are shown in the map below. Click on each suburb for more information:



Durbanville [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Darwin Road 7 105 5000 Proposed Garden Cities Housing Project 7 105 5000 Planned Morningstar (CRU) 7 103 150
Hangberg [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Hangberg CRU 7 105 n/a
Khayelitsha [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Green Point Phase 3 9,22 93 500 Proposed Nonqubela Makhaza: Consolidation 9,10 96,97 700 Proposed Nonqubela Site B: Consolidation 9 92 1500 Proposed Silvertown Consolidation 22 93 1316 Proposed Swartklip/Denel Land 12 79 1500 Under construction Nonqubela Phase 2 10,22 93,96 1250 Under construction Kuyasa Village 1, Phase 2 10 95 2399 Under construction Silvertown Khayelitsha 9 95,87,89 1316 Under construction Site C: Survey & Subdivision (PHDB) 23 87,89 6250
Lwandle [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Hostels Redevelopment Lwandle - CRU 8 86 n/a
Mfuleni [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Hostels Redevelopment Mfuleni - CRU 22 18 n/a Proposed Mfuleni Extension 2 22 16 1500 Under Construction Mfuleni Flood Relief PHP Consolidation 22 18 4461
Nyanga [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Hostels Redevelopment Nyanga - CRU 14 36,37,39 n/a Under Construction Hostels Redevelopment Ilinge Labahlali (CRU) 14 37,39 326 Under Construction Nyanga Upgading Project (PLF and UISP) 14 37,39 2070
Gugulethu [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Hostels Redevelopment Gugulethu - CRU 11 42,44 n/a Planned Gugulethu Infill Project (Erf 8448/MauMau) 14 38 1500
Langa [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Hostels Redevelopment Langa - CRU 15 51,52,53 n/a
Blue Downs [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Kalkfontein Phase 3 (UISP) 22 19 1000 Proposed Nooiensfontein 22 19 1100 Under Construction Bardale 22 18 5947
Mitchell's Plain [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Kapteinsklip 10 82 1000 Proposed Mitchell's Plain Infill: West Gate 12,13 75,88 1000 Under Construction Mitchell's Plain Infill: Phase 1 10,12 82,99 1345 Under Construction Morgans Village 3 12 75 208 Under Construction West Cape 12 75 121
Kensington [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Kensington CRU 1 56 180
Sir Lowrys Pass [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Sir Lowrys Pass Village (Pinetown and Balestra) 8 100 140
Strand [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Proposed Vlakteplaas 8 100 500 Planned Morkel's Cottages 8 86 700 Planned Sercor Park Phase 2 8 100 119
Atlantis [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Atlantis Ext.12 7 29 500 Planned Witsand - Phase 2 7 32 1600
Belhar [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Belhar Pentech Infill Project 23 12 347
Athlone [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Bokmakierie Athlone Infill 17 49 170 Under Construction Kewtown Infill Development (PHP) 17 49 236
Delft [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Delft The Hague 23 13 1400
Simonstown [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Dido Valley 19 61 1029
Driftsands [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Driftsands 22 18 2500
Brooklyn [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Drommedaris Social Housing Development 1 4 220
Ottery [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Edward Street: Ottery Sustainable Development 18 66 100
Elsies River [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Eureka-Leonsdale CRU 4 25 375
Eerste River [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Happy Valley Phase 2 21 14 1350
Heideveld [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Heideveld Duinefontein 11 44 700
Hout Bay [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Imizama Yethu - Phase 2: New Services CRU 16 74 1100
Milnerton [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Joe Slovo Park Infill Project 1 4 90
Blackheath [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Kleinvlei Erf901 21 17 66
Macassar [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Macassar 8 15 3968
Manneberg [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Manneberg Infill: The Downs 11 46 700
Noordhoek [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Masiphumelele - Phase 4 19 70 350 Under Construction Masiphumelele School Site(PRIVATE) 19 70 380
Rusthof [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Morkel's Cottages 8 86 700
Oceanview [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Ocean View (Mountain View) 19 61 500 Planned Ocean View Infill Project 19 61 500
Pelican Park [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Pelican Park Phase 1 18 67 3000
Lotus River [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Phumlani 18 67 109
Rondevlei [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Rondevlei 18 67 225
Scottsdene [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Scottsdene 2 6 683
Somerset West [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Somerset West 10 ha site 8 83 390
Gordons Bay [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Temperance Town: Gordons Bay 8 100 70
Valhalla Park [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Planned Valhalla Park Infill 5,15 30,31 500
Brown's Farm [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Under Construction Brown's Farm - Phase 6 13 34 678
Melkbosstrand [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Under Construction Brown's Farm - Phase 6 1 23 100
Philippi [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Under Construction Philippi East Phase 5 12,13 76,35 405 Under Construction Philippi Park (PHP) 14 37 1100
Steenberg [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Under Construction Steenberg Socail Housing Development 19 64 450
Kraaifontein [Top of page] Stage Area Subcouncil Ward Units Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 10A 2 6 1617 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 10B 2 6 256 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 3 2 6 1108 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 4 2 6 735 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 5 2 101 537 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 6 2 101 1209 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 7 2 101 582 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 8 2 101 573 Under Construction Wallacedene Phase 9 2 6 1440


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Anyways, I was on twitter, and picked up an article about Binishells, which are supposed to be a cheap, eco-friendly form of building.

I'll post the links here:
http://www.binishells.com/index.html
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009...ll-is-back.php
http://www.triplepundit.com/2009/09/...shell-returns/

I was wondering if something like this would be a good solution to housing backlogs and expenses.
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Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on Thursday reiterated the importance of housing people in places closer to work and other amenities.

Speaking at the launch of a R75 million social housing project in Brooklyn, Cape Town, he said: "We have always said where we stay should be where we play, where we pray and where we work."

This was part of the department's "way of providing decent and affordable accommodation" for people closer to areas of work, transport and where they could lead productive lives, he said.

The Drommedaris Brooklyn Social Housing project -- located in the Koeberg Road -- had been specifically designed to take advantage of the proposed Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) routes in Cape Town.
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