A R295 million project by the City of Cape Town's housing committee is set to improve flats and houses that the city rents out to tenants.
"From July 2008, some 7 500 flats and houses owned by the city and rented to residents will be assessed for upgrading and maintenance," the Committee Member for Housing, Dan Plato announced on Monday.
Phase one of a project will take three years while the entire project will eventually see all the city's rental housing properties, totalling 43 500 units, receiving attention, he said.
Areas to be upgraded in the phase one include the Connaught Estate Flats, Scottsdene Flats, Uitsig Houses, Woodlands Flats, Mitchells Plain, Kewtown Flats, Heideveld Flats, Manenberg Flats and the Marble Flats.
The first phase of the project will include a detailed assessment of the block of flats to find out what type of repair and upgrade work needs to be done, he told the media.
"The maintenance team will then do the necessary construction work, as well as repainting and improving the general appearance of the units."
The project team will appoint communication liaison officers and they will work in conjunction with ward councillors to keep tenants informed.
"We do not expect that tenants will have to move out of their rental units, but we will only be sure once the final assessment has been made," assured Mr Plato.
He pleaded with the residents to patient and co-operate with the city. "We know that the process will take some time."
Once the upgrade is complete the city's credit control policy will be strictly applied, he said urging households that qualify for assistance in terms of the city's indigent policy to contact the city.
Indigent policy applies to household whose income is less than R1 880 per month. - BuaNews