Press Release - 10/03/99 [ back to previous page ]

Chesterville Incremental Housing Phase 1 - Completed
Chesterville Extension, which forms part of the Cato Manor complex, has had a further 130 houses added to its housing stock with the completion of phase one of the Chesterville Incremental Housing Project, a Provincial Housing Development Board (PHDB) subsidized project that has been managed and implemented by the Cato Manor Development Association.  Situated above the recently opened Booth Road West near to the N2 freeway, the new neighbourhood will provide residents with easy access to the city and surrounding areas.


Forming part of the Cato Manor Lead Presidential Project of the RDP and aimed at people earning less than R1 500 per month, phase one of the project has provided homes for 130 families.  Many of the new residents have been living in cramped and overcrowded conditions in nearby Chesterville, having rented backyard shacks for many years.

The housing scheme is a pilot project as it is the first PHDB subsidized housing project utilising semi-detached units IN Cato Manor.  Each 24 m2 house stands in a 135 m2 site to allow for future extensions.  Houses have waterborne sewerage, stormwater drainage, water reticulation, street lighting and refuse removal.  Homeowners were required to pay R900 towards their otherwise fully subsidised home provided through the R17 250 PHB housing grant.

New residents have recently taken occupation of their houses - says Pretty Mashoba who was the first resident to be handed the keys to her new house, I am happy that I will now start my own life in my own house.  I have been dreaming of this day ever since I received news that I was among the successful applicants.  No more squashing up in my mothers house.

Fruit trees will be provided to each new homeowner through the project to re-green the area and to provide shade and fruit pickings.

It is anticipated that phase two of the project will commence in May 1999 with a further 250 houses being constructed.  The civil engineering tender for phase two will made public in the third week of March via the local press.

A total of 2 000 houses have been constructed and occupied in Cato Manor since the start of the project.  A further 7 500 housing opportunities which are at various stages of the planning process, will be made available by the Cato Manor Development Association in Cato Manor over the next 12 months.

For further information please contact Shelley Gielink
Tel: (031) 261-6640

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