Freedom Park gets brand new houses
By Ilhaam Hoosain
09 November 2007
One hundred and eighty-five to 190 houses have been built so far in Freedom Park over the past few days. Irish volunteers who started building the houses on Saturday the 3 November and will end Friday the 9 November and are hoping to reach their target of 200 houses.
Niall Mellon is leading 1380 Irish volunteers on his charity’s annual Building Blitz in Cape Town.
“It is time to shift expectation on housing delivery away from the government and back onto property developers,” says Mellon.
At a press conference in Freedom Park, Niall said that South African developers are the obvious solution to solving the housing crisis.
“Developers should be compelled to channel 20 per cent of the profits of whatever construction they are undertaking into the low cost sector,” says Mellon
Their target to reach by 1pm today is 200 houses, a community centre and a beautiful landscaped garden of hope for the people of Freedom Park.
“It’s been Irish-like weather conditions out here and it has hampered building conditions. It’s rained four out of the six days so far this week,” says spokesperson Deirdre Grant.
Volunteers have been very dedicated with some people staying as late as 8pm on Thursday evening.