The construction of over 330 housing units, as part of the Vlakkeland Housing Project in Drakenstein, Cape Town, South Africa, has been completed according to the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements (WCDoHS), which is responsible for developing sustainable integrated human settlements in the Western Cape.
Commenting on this milestone, Tertuis Alfred Simmers, the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Human Settlements said that he was pleased with the progress made at this development, particularly since it is a site that was severely impacted by the Covid pandemic, and the various lockdown levels.
“This is an important development that will assist in changing people who are in dire need of a housing opportunity. In terms of job creation, this project has already employed more than 180 people, and it is envisaged to employ at least 260 more between the 2022/24 financial years,” explained minister Simmers.
Vlakkeland Housing Project in Drakenstein: 424 more units to be constructed during the 2022/23 financial year
WCDoHS also revealed that plans are underway to commence the construction of a further 424 units during the 2022/23 financial year. With an allocated budget of over US$ 30M, the entire Vlakkeland Housing Project in Drakenstein is envisaged to create 2556 housing opportunities by the end of the 2023/24 financial year.
The Western Cape government, which issued a bulk service tender for the Vlakkeland Housing Project on February 16, 2017, on the other hand, stated that it remains dedicated to accelerating human settlement delivery while promoting social inclusion via the creation of integrated, resilient, safe, and sustainable human settlements in a society of equal opportunity.