SA Affordable Housing November - December 2018 // Issue: 73 - Page 27

PROJECTS Struggle icon’s social housing village Chris Hani Village is a new social housing project in Germiston, Gauteng. By Dineo Phoshoko T he Chris Hani Village project is one of two that forms part of the city’s greater strategy of GEAR 2030 – focusing on urban renewal and urban regeneration of inner cities. The project was a collaboration of various stakeholders including Ekurhuleni Housing Company (EHC), City of Ekurhuleni (COE), the Gauteng Provincial Human Settlements Department and the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA). The ward councillor and the community were also included in the development of the project. “With the project being a social housing project, we work very closely with the Social Housing Regulatory Authority — an institution that is responsible nationally to regulate the implementation of social housing,” explains Pheladi Mojapelo, EHC development manager. The SHRA provides funding for the implementation of such projects. The project was initially referred to as the Germiston Fire Station social housing project as it was located adjacent to the Germiston Fire Station. When the project was launched by MMC Human Settlements on behalf of Councillor Mzwandile Masina, Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni in April 2017, it was renamed Chris Hani Village. The project was launched at a time that coincides with the commemoration of the late struggle icon’s legacy which is celebrated annually in Ekurhuleni during the month of April. The project started in November 2015 when the City of Ekurhuleni appointed contractors to start working on the project. The project was implemented in two phases, with 144 units delivered during Phase 1 and 200 units to be delivered as part of Phase 2 of the project. Phase one was completed in March 2017 and EHC commenced with the tenanting of the units, which are 98% full. Phase two involves the building of the remaining 200 units, including a crèche and commercial units. The commercial units consist of small shops that will be available for rental to people interested in leasing commercial space from EHC. Phase two of this project is yet to be completed and is currently at implementation stage. According to Mojapelo, phase two was expected to be completed by March 2018, however due to certain challenges experienced during the project completion date is revised to the end of May 2018. The initial budget for this project was R60-million (excluding VAT) and final cost is R62-million. On average, the cost for individual units is between R380 000 to R400  000. BUILDING AND DESIGN One of the four-storey blocks at Chris Hani Village. The housing units consist of four-storey walk ups including the ground floor – available in bachelor, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Also included in the units is a bathroom, kitchen and living area. The exterior finishing of the units is a combination of face brick as well as plastering. The interior includes tile flooring, which was selected instead of carpets used in previous projects. “With the development of the new projects, long term benefits with regards to issues of maintenance were considered in determining the finishes to be used in the project,” explains Mojapelo. The use of tiles instead of carpets for example, means long term saving on the replacement of NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2018 25