Five elderly and special needs residents received their houses in the Mshenxiswa Village in Zwelihle on Tuesday.
The houses were handed over to them by the Minister of Western Cape Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, and the Overstrand Mayor, Rudolph Smith.
The housing project, which is estimated at R11 million and was started in 2012, forms part of the department’s multi-phase Upgrading of Informal Settlements Project (UISP) and marks the completion of phase one. There are 58 units in total.
According to ward councillor Michelle Sapepa, this is the first in a lifetime opportunity for these residents.
“For these residents to officially own a house today, just warms my heart. This brings much joy to those who also hope they can own a house one day. This is indeed a very emotional day for me.”
Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela says they will make sure that everyone who really deserves a house, will get one in the end.
“People just need to be patient because we do not build houses overnight,” he said.
“Sometimes there are backlogs and these are the challenges we are facing. Currently there are about 2,2 million people in the country who are on the waiting list for houses. And with limited resources, we need to give to those who deserve it the most, first.”
Smith mentioned that he has always seen Minister Madikizela as a true friend of the Overstrand.
“Throughout the years we have always had a very good partnership. I can see it on these resident’s faces today.
“Please care for and look after these houses as they are your property now.
“Also work together with your ward councillor as even greater things can come from this,” said Smith.