Many Capetonians will have plenty of reason to smile this Human Rights Day. Thanks to the efforts of the local powers-that-be, thousands of residents in previously under-invested areas can now live in a little more peace and quiet.
The City of Cape Town is on the verge of completing the refurbishment of 7 000 of its Community Residential Units where many of Cape Town’s most vulnerable people reside. It is estimated that approximately R1,25 billion has been spent on this project since it was launched in 2008. City councillor Benedicta van Minnen says this is the City’s tangible tribute to Human Rights Day on the 21st and part of continuous efforts to ensure dignity. “This project is intricately linked to improving service delivery to our more vulnerable residents. When service delivery is improved, living conditions are improved.”
Work has been completed in Scottsville, Scottsdene, Uitsig, Woodlands, Connaught, Kewtown and The Range. Refurbishment is still underway in Manenberg, Hanover Park, Heideveld and Ottery.
In 2014 the project was named the South African Housing Foundation’s Community Development Project of the Year.