President Zuma to Open Gift of the Givers Housing Village

President Jacob Zuma will officially open the new housing village developed by Gift of the Givers for the Khayelitsha shack fire victims in Cape Town at 12 noon today. The president will first address residents at the OR Tambo Hall, Mew Way, then walk across to the site where the houses are being erected and will officially cut the ribbon symbolising the construction of houses for families displaced since 1 January 2013. Gift of the Givers has committed itself to provide 100 houses based on the blueprint of a house and village designed by us. Coloured corrugated sheeting, concrete floors covered by tile, fire safe internal pannels, solar lighting, a double bed, linen, blankets, food parcels and hygiene packs make up the package.

Land was generously provided by the Cape Town City Council, in close proximity to the site of the tragedy, following a meeting with Mayor Patricia de Lille. The mayor agreed to match the quality and model of the Gift of the Givers houses and will sponsor an equal number of 100 houses.

Several processes will occur simultaneously; completed houses will be thoroughly inspected for workmanship in keeping with our standards, "faults" will be corrected, keys will be handed over and families will take occupation. The process of occupation commences today and will continue until all 100 homes are completed to perfection. We want to finalise the process as rapidly as possible but without compromising quality. We appreciate the fact that these poor people have been living in a hall for 6 weeks already.

An additional 145 houses are still required after the 200 that will be built.

Details Gawa 083 661 3035, Allauddin 083 667 7179
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