WC govt praises housing project

Premier and MEC visit housing project in Franschhoek.

Helen Zille

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government praised a unique housing project in Franschhoek.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela toured the Langrug informal settlement on Tuesday.

NGOs, residents and the municipality teamed up to improve living conditions, with residents taking the lead in infrastructure development.

Zille said the project was very unique.

"The important point about this informal settlement is it is one where we have a really vital partnership with the community about the upgrading of the informal settlement. And now working together with the community, we are putting in storm water drains and toilets."

She said they planned to duplicate the model in other areas.

Madikizela has described this as the perfect model.

"We have demonstrated in some other areas in the City of Cape Town that this is the perfect measures to use. I think this is the way to go to ensure the communities become more involved."