Morkel’s Cottage makes progress

City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, addressing a group of residents, some of whom will benefit from the Morkels Cottage housing development project.

City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille visited the Morkel’s Cottage housing development in Strand on May 22, to assess the work that has been done since construction began in March.

“I’m really pleased with the progress that has been made in a short space of just two months,” said Ms De Lille.

“This R146 million project will provide 547 semi-detached, single-storey houses and serviced sites for beneficiaries from three informal settlements, including Morkel’s Cottage, Beverley Hills and Dark City, as well as beneficiaries from the City’s housing database.”

The construction team has completed 102 foundations, 94 floor levels and 70 concrete house frames, according to Ms De Lille.

“The teams are also putting up external walls, 53 of which have already been completed, and 16 roofs have also been installed,” she said.

She added: “The aim is to complete 45 units by the end of June but many more units will be in an advanced stage of completion by then and we can have beneficiaries – who have already been processed – move into their new homes as soon as they are completed.”

The civil engineering services such as the internal roads, water and sewer infrastructure for
the first three phases have been completed, and the civil engineering services for phases 4 and 5 will commence in September, followed by the construction of the top structures on those plots. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in 2019.

“I understand there have been a few challenges related to this project but I have urged the community to work with sub-council officials and the councillors to implement this plan,” said Ms De Lille.

“From the City’s side, we are committed to working with residents to ensuring that this development is a success and improves the lives of intended beneficiaries,” she said.