Focus on roofs, doors and windows

Repair and maintenance works are currently underway at Ondine Court in Manenberg.  PHOTO: City of Cape Town

Repair and maintenance works are currently underway at Ondine Court in Manenberg. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

Repair work is underway on several Manenberg rental units.

Recently Mayco human settlements member Malusi Booi paid a surveillance visit to Ondine Court affordable rental housing where maintenance, repairs and upgrades were carried out. In April of this year, the City started its new maintenance and repair initiative, with small and medium-sized contractors working on rental inventory in the metro.

Ondine Court was built around 1966 and the houses were first occupied in 1968.

“The City focuses first on roofs, doors and windows. The majority of unit repairs were damaged by things such as vandalism, petrol bomb attacks and stoves left on and unattended by tenants,” says Booi.

“The city remains committed to the ongoing maintenance program of our affordable social housing. We have spent approximately R1 billion on maintenance and upgrades over the past two years, and we thank our tenants for their support and patience as these repairs are carried out.”

The city’s Housing Department has launched a R150 million initiative over the next three years, which will improve necessary and important maintenance and give small and medium-sized contractors more opportunities by providing them with job opportunities.

“Small and medium contractors are making steady progress on some of the city’s affordable metro housing projects. On this particular housing project, the contractors have made tremendous progress to date and we look forward to the work being completed by the end of the program in June 2023,” says Booi.

“The contractors primarily focus on units that have suffered fire damage. The contractors are completing repairs to 216 fire-damaged units. The units had been damaged by, among other things, petrol bomb attacks, stoves left on and unattended by tenants and illegal electrical connections. We thank the city’s teams and contractors for the work they have done so far. This R150 million urban rental repair project will improve the lives and living conditions of many residents and we will continue to do our best to deliver the required upgrades and repairs as quickly as humanly possible.”

Repairs and upgrades are performed at the city’s CRUs on the other side of the metro, in all rental unit areas.

“We encourage tenants to call the city’s call center or visit the nearest Housing Office for questions and to follow up on their repair and maintenance service requests,” says Booi. “We also encourage tenants to write down the reference number so they can track the status and progress of their service requests.”

This project is a collaboration between the city and the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC).

Due to the large number of affordable rental stock units that the city has, the low rental income collected for maintenance work, and the limited resources, there are backlogs in repairs and maintenance services.

Booi says the council has prioritized repairs in the following order:

  • Fire Damage Repairs: 304 repairs, 216 in progress and 88 completed.
  • Winter Readiness Programme: 8 390 repairs of which 73 completed.

  • to To submit a service request or for housing questions, call the City’s Human Settlements Directorate on 021 444 0333 or email [email protected]

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