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22/09/2015: New beginnings as Orlando Women’s Hostel is demolished
22 September 2015
The old apartheid-style Orlando West Women's Hostel in Soweto is gone.

The 22-unit hostel was demolished on Tuesday September 22 to make way for the second phase of the R150-million modern housing development catering for whole families.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing Councillor Dan Bovu was among those who witnessed the demolition accompanied by the sound of the grader and swirling dust filled the atmosphere.

Phase one of the project saw the building of 84 new units, 44 of which are already occupied.
The remaining 40 units have been temporarily allocated to the owners of 22 of the units demolished on Tuesday.

The hostel has been undergoing a major makeover under the City of Johannesburg's multimillion rand Soweto Hostel Redevelopment and Upgrading Programme. It is a joint initiative between the City and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements.

A beaming MMC Bovu praised all stakeholders involved in the project and said this was a shining example of the City's commitment to creating social cohesion and promoting the integration of communities. He said there had been mutual respect by all involved and everyone worked as a team throughout the project.

The MMC said the City was on track in its stated aim of doing away with all hostels, the creation of the apartheid regime's segregated housing policy.
"On this project we have agreed to accommodate people from the hostel and those from outside. We cannot afford to continue dividing our communities, as happened during apartheid rule," he said.

Ward 39 Councillor Praise-God Msibi said it had been a difficult journey.
"But everything is on track to ultimately change the face of Orlando West for the better," he said.
He said the most pleasing aspect of the project was job creation.
Chairman of the hostel committee, Zukile Mpapa, said he was equally impressed by the spirit of togetherness among all stakeholders in this project. He did not foresee any major hurdles going forward provided every stakeholder kept their side of the bargain.
"If we could adhere to our deadlines and everybody fulfilled their obligations then everything is going to be smooth sailing," he said.
The project will take 22 months to complete. However, the first 16 units are expected to be ready for occupation by March next year.

The project value is worth around R150 million.

Ends:

Issued on behalf of MMC for Housing, Clr Dan Bovu
For more information contact:

Dikeledi Mashile
Stakeholder Liaison
Office of the MMC Housing
Cell: 0828572612

Dudu Lushaba
Communications Specialist
City of Johannesburg Group Communications & Marketing
Tel: 011 407 7134
Cell: 083 571 6668
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Last Updated on 23 September 2015