Philippi housing project almost complete

The Philippi housing project is nearing completion. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said despite several hurdles faced during the construction of hundreds of houses in Philippi, the project is nearing completion.

The Philippi East housing project, which will consist of more than 400 houses, took nearly a decade to complete.

According to the municipality’s Human Settlements Department, the project faced problems after a group of people illegally occupied and vandalised the homes during construction.

This set the builders back in completing the structures.

Human settlements mayoral committee member Tandeka Gqada the houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries in the next two weeks.

“We have quite a number of challenges that we are faced, especially when it comes to handing over the houses to beneficiaries. Most of the time, the community disagrees about the beneficiaries and that delays the process.”

Gqada adds they are doing their best to deal with the challenges.

“We’re speaking on a weekly basis to address those delays so that we can speed up our delivery target.”

The province has a housing backlog dating back to over 20 years.