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Cape Town metro gives green light for various mega affordable housing projects

January 8, 2014

City of Cape Town Metro council has given a green light for large human-settlement projects in bid to resolve chronic housing shortages.

Human-settlement projects in Cape Town have been given the green light by the city council as authorities move to resolve the chronic housing shortages that have been the cause of some major protests that have rocked the city in recent times.

Almost R1.2bn has been approved for earmarked human-settlement projects in the 2014-15 to 2016-17 financial years. The city council has approved the budget for seven human-settlement projects, as already identified in the city’s Integrated Development Plan. The approval forms part of the compliance requirements to include the projects in Cape Town’s medium-term expenditure framework for the 2014-15 to 2016-17 financial years.

The City has been struggling to address its housing problem, which has been worsened by rapid population growth in Cape Town, as tens of thousands of unemployed people enter the city from other provinces in search of better opportunities. The City of Cape Town’s population expanded from 2.9-million in 2001 to 3.7-million in 2011.

“Our commitment to redress through the increased delivery of housing opportunities is a key pillar of this government,” the city’s mayoral committee member for human settlements, Tandeka Gqada, said on Wednesday.

“Although we are faced with an extremely high rate of urbanisation in Cape Town, we will not give up in our endeavours to create a caring … city by providing housing opportunities,” Ms Gqada said.

Most of the projects are scheduled to start in the 2014-15 financial year. Ms Gqada said these projects included new housing developments, the continued transformation of the apartheid-era hostels in Langa, and continuing upgrades to the living conditions of backyard dwellers and residents in informal settlements — subject to the availability of funds.

The approved allocation includes three housing projects, in Macassar in the Helderberg area, Fisantekraal in the Durbanville area and Imizamo Yethu in the Hout Bay area.

Phase 1 of the Macassar housing project is envisaged to cost about R62.5m, excluding funds from the Treasury’s Urban Settlements Development Grant. It is expected that 1,700 units will be built in phases 1 and 2 of this project.

The Fisantekraal garden cities phase 2 housing project has an estimated total cost of about R87.9m, excluding funds from the Treasury’s Urban Settlements Development Grant. This project will be developed on land held by the nonprofit organisation Garden Cities. The City will allocate funds for the development of subsidy housing and for the provision of associated infrastructure and facilities.

Another project set for the 2014-15 to 2016-17 financial years is the creation of the Imizamo Yethu phase 3 housing project, which will have an estimated total cost of R105m.

The council has also approved funds for the further upgrading of hostels as part of the city’s hostel transformation programme.

About R320m has been earmarked for the phase 2 development of the Langa Hostels Community Rental Unit Project. The city says phase 1 of this project is due to start soon, with the construction of 463 rental apartments. It is envisioned that 1,300 families, or about 5,200 people, will eventually be relocated from apartheid-era hostels to secure two-bedroom apartments in Langa — with individual kitchenettes, toilets, showers, solar-heated water systems, washing lines, and space for children to play safely on the grounds.

Cape Town’s overall Hostel Transformation Programme consists of an estimated 15,000 units that will eventually be built in the impoverished townships of Langa, Gugulethu and Nyanga.

Source: BDLive

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