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Dido Valley land claimants

The R135 million Dido Valley housing development in Simon’s Town is progressing well. This will be home to 600 beneficiaries, including 100 land claimants, who are currently living in Gugulethu and Ocean View. 

The civil works for the 600 houses in the City’s Dido Valley housing development in Simon’s Town have been completed. This means that if all goes according to plan with the approval of beneficiaries and tender processes, the construction of the top structures will commence in April 2018.

Beneficiaries of this project will include residents of Redhill, 100 Luyolo land claimants, and those longest on the housing database from the Simon’s Town area.

‘The Luyolo and Redhill communities were torn apart as a result of the forced removals in 1967 and were moved to Ocean View and Gugulethu. It is therefore heart-warming to stand on site and know that this meaningful project is on track. We will continue to make every effort to ensure that this project remains on schedule as far as possible so that we can bring our residents back home, where they belong,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area South, Eddie Andrews, who recently did a site inspection.

The construction phase for the top structures is expected to take 24 months. The R135 million project includes all civil engineering services, bulk earthworks, top structures and electrical reticulation. The beneficiary approvals are currently under way and once 80% finalised, the tender processes for the construction of the top structures can commence as well as the electricity reticulation.

Last year the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works, which will enhance service delivery to our residents. One of the key goals of the ODTP is reversing the legacy of Apartheid spatial planning.

‘This project is an example of our ODTP words in action. As a local government, we want to assure our beneficiaries, particularly our land claimants, that we are committed to reconciliation and redressing the inequalities of the past. We are looking forward to celebrating the next milestone for this project with our beneficiaries, which will be the start of the construction phase next year,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Brett Herron.

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