Residents of CRUs to benefit from R47 million project

Residents residing in Community Residential Units (CRUs) in the Manenberg, Hout Bay, Elsies River, Athlone, Hanover Park, Parkwood, and Langa areas, have much to celebrate as the first beneficiaries of phase 1 of the electrical upgrade project.

The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, was joined by Mayoral Committee Members for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, and Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi for the launch of the project in Manenberg and Elsies River yesterday, 10 March.

This project forms part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP) that has evolved since its inception six years ago to include all areas across the metro

‘The City is embarking on this R47 million project to upgrade the electrical infrastructure at targeted CRUs also known as flats. An assessment of units was conducted and the first phase will commence in Manenberg, Hout Bay, Elsies River, Athlone, Hanover Park, Parkwood, and Langa.

‘The first phase of this project involves the upgrading of the electrical infrastructure at these targeted CRUs and will include the installation of new panels in the meter rooms and new earth connections because many of these connections are non-compliant. It also includes new cabling from the meter room to each unit, including the installation of new plugs and light switches,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

Visits were made to two houses, where upgrades had been carried out. These were compared to others, where there had been no upgrades, to demonstrate the impact of this project to the lives of residents.

‘As a City, we are addressing the much-needed upgrades and ongoing maintenance in CRUs as well as the safety risks associated with hazardous and illegal electricity connections that were made in our units,’ said Alderman Twigg.

‘The City of Cape Town is committed to delivering quality services to our communities across the metropole to ensure that infrastructure remains in a quality state. Part of MURP’s mission is to create neighbourhoods that are functional and safe. The project is important as it helps to enable the necessary maintenance and also emphasises the dangers of illegal electricity connections,’ said Mayor Plato

‘We are the largest landlord in Cape Town and we are committed to enhancing the living conditions of our residents residing in Council flats. We have various upgrade and maintenance programmes in place, such as the city-wide replacement and upgrading of old staircases programme which, in its first phase, aims to upgrade and replace approximately 969 staircases. Double-storeys are also included. In addition, apart from emergency and day-to-day maintenance to ensure the safety of our tenants, we must also increasingly make these rental units future-fit by retrofitting old plumbing and electricity connections among others. We thank our tenants for their cooperation, patience and support while we do our best to improve their living conditions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi.

Source: City Of Cape Town