"Our calculations showed that this well-located prime piece of land would be suitable for 3 600 residential units as part of a mixed-income, mixed-use development. The development will catalyse the upgrade of the surrounding roads infrastructure and public transport, as well as introduce new social services to the neighbouring communities," explains Mpofu.This particular project is being named as the biggest housing project in the city.
"It includes a mix of student accommodation, social rental stock, open market GAP, and bonded properties. It further includes neighbourhood squares, a promenade, an urban green area and a retail centre," adds Mpofu.The City has already handed over 627 units of Phase One. Mpofu confirmed that by early next year, the remaining 2 400 units will be implemented.
"In all, the current affordable housing pipeline now stands at over 40,000 units worth R3.2 billion, across three types of subsidies – FLISP, Social Rental Housing and Institutional Housing, which cater for different market segments in the affordable housing range." Find out who the best and worst insures are in SA today
"The City of Cape Town, as part of our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, established the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) on 1 January 2017 to accelerate our efforts to create a more equal society based on integrated communities, economic inclusion, and access to opportunities," explains Herron.There are many areas within Cape Town and its surroundings for affordable housing programs, however the land can't be built on unless the National Government declares it a 'restructuring zone'.
"In an effort to remove any uncertainty, we are proposing to extend our restructuring zones, subject to the Western Cape Government and the National Minister’s approval, so that no area is excluded in future," adds Herron.The City has expressed the importance of providing housing in and around the transport routes and central business district.
"Our Integrated Human Settlements Framework – the strategy we adopted in 2013 to address the dire housing need – found that we will need to provide an additional 650 000 housing opportunities at an estimated cost of R101 billion over the next 20 years."
"Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre is reviewing the decision by the Provincial Government to sell Tafelberg in court on behalf of poor and working class people living in the area; and in the public interest. We hold that the sale was unlawful because the decision to sell it was unreasonable. This public land is not surplus - it is desperately needed for affordable housing."Rossouw explains how affordable housing has been built on the periphery of the city because it is cheaper.
"Meanwhile the private sector has focused on catering to an exclusive market where there is a surplus. It is only a matter of time before the city's obligations regarding regulating these enclaves is tested to ensure they also include a fair proportion of truly affordable housing," adds Rossouw.
"If it were to go ahead it would provide much needed stable housing for carers, domestic workers and other low income residents of the inner city and surrounds who either commute long distances, or live in overcrowded and vulnerable conditions in Sea Point. It would demonstrate that social housing is possible on small parcels of well-located land and it would demonstrate the Province's commitment to disrupt spatial apartheid."NU had previously proposed the following: