SA Roofing October 2016 // Issue: 84 - Page 8

NEWS New ceilings for old ‘RDP’ houses The City of Cape Town is embarking on the next phase of its ambitious ceiling retrofit project, which aims to warm up old statesubsidised houses that were previously constructed without ceilings. R60-million is earmarked for this phase. T o date, some 4 500 ceilings have been installed across the metro at a cost of about R83-million. This also includes the fixing of roof leaks and the installation of safer ceiling lighting. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen has visited some of the beneficiaries in Vrygrond where about R26.2-million has been spent on the completion of 1 250 ceilings. “One of our aims with this project was to warm up these homes and, from the feedback, it seems that this has been accomplished,” says Van Minnen. “We are starting with public participation for the next phase of this project shortly and we’ve earmarked a further R60-million in areas across the metro.” “It is hoped that we can continue to alleviate some of the discomfort that the beneficiaries of old state-subsidised houses – commonly referred to as RDP houses – have had to endure over the years. Our contractors and staff have performed exceptionally well and have mostly been markedly ahead of schedule,” says Van Minnen. Having to live without a ceiling has caused much discomfort for residents who have been affected by the poor thermal performance of the homes, as well as condensation which gives rise to damp conditions and inferior internal air quality. Between 1994 and 2005, the majority of state-subsidised housing units were constructed without insulated ceilings and weatherproofing. This was because the then national government subsidy did not make provision for this. After 2005, the housing subsidy was increased to provide ceilings, weatherproofing and partitioned bedrooms. In Cape Town alone, it is estimated that there are approximately 40 000 state-subsidised homes that do not have ceilings. General Vrygrond project archive photo: a ceiling being retrofitted. Ceiling retrofitting has been completed in Eureka, Kalkfontein, Broadlands (Strand) and Lwandle, Vrygrond and Wesbank. Phase 2 includes the areas of Chris Nissen Park, Gordon’s Bay, Heinz Park, Macassar, Phumlani, Silver City and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. The public participation process for these areas are commencing soon as buy-in and support from the beneficiaries are vital. 6 Councillor Van Minnen inspects the ceiling of Jennifer Jonas’ home in Vrygrond. O C TO B E R 2 016