Thank you for affording the City the opportunity to respond to the article, “Come and try to ‘save lives’ in this home of 47, pleads Mitchells Plain family”.
The city is pleased to confirm that Mr Charles May had recently applied to the city for indigent relief. This was granted and R88,303 of municipal debt was written off on 31 December 2020.
The city has agreed to increase the family’s daily water allocation. This should already be in effect. The family has been urged to ensure that they pay their municipal account monthly to prevent the resetting back to 350 litres of water per day.
The executive mayor Dan Plato last week visited the family to check on the situation and is pleased that the city has been able to assist.
It should be noted that the city will not “complete the process of ensuring all potential beneficiaries were placed on the housing register”, as mentioned in the article, when construction begins on its Beacon Valley housing project.
We had said in our response that Ms Fataar [Roshana Fataar, one of May’s six daughters] will be notified once the qualifying beneficiaries are identified for the proposed Beacon Valley project.
As we had said in our response, beneficiaries of all city housing projects are allocated in accordance with the city’s allocation policy and the Housing Needs Register to ensure that housing opportunities are provided to qualifying applicants in a fair, transparent and equal manner, and to prevent queue-jumping. Applicants are selected for housing opportunities based on the date that they registered on the City’s register.
The city is doing what it can to assist its residents. This includes ongoing awareness campaigns, education, spending more than R200-million in delivering water and other enhanced basic sanitation services to vulnerable residents where possible (made possible by the disaster declaration); delivering food parcels and care packs; supporting more than 200 soup kitchens to help feed vulnerable communities through the mayor’s office; providing some R3.3-billion in indigent support.
The city has also primarily paid for most Covid-19 interventions by reprioritising funds of planned programmes and other initiatives.
Luthando Tyhalibongo is the City of Cape Town spokesperson.
For the sake of clarity, the City of Cape Town responded to Nortier’s questions on the Beacon Valley housing project as follows:
When will the construction of houses begin?
“The City is currently starting with services construction and it is going to take about 14 months to complete, if all goes according to plan, before the construction of houses can begin.”
How will housing recipients be selected?
“Beneficiaries of all City housing projects are allocated in accordance with the City’s Allocation Policy and the Housing Needs Register to ensure that housing opportunities are provided to qualifying applicants in a fair, transparent and equal manner, and to prevent queue-jumping.”
Applicants will be selected for housing opportunities based on the date that they registered on the City’s Register. Each project has a cut-off date determined by the Project Steering Committee, to ensure that all people who have been registered on the Register the longest are assisted before more recently registered applicants are approached. The qualifying date range is adjusted, with the input of the Project Steering Committee, once all names in that date range are exhausted.
Each housing project would then invite applicants within the agreed date range from the following three categories to apply for the specific project:
How will they be told they have been selected?
During this initial construction period, the City will be completing the beneficiary administration process so it will unfortunately take some time before individuals are contacted regarding the project.
Each person will be contacted individually. All that is required at this stage of potential beneficiaries is that they make sure their contact details are correct on the Register. DM/MC
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