The City of Cape Town (COCT) says there are approximately 2 000 social housing units already in the pipeline for the central Cape Town area.
According to a statement by the COCT, around 2 500 social housing units are also nearing completion, or about to commence construction along the Voortrekker Corridor and near important economic nodes. This figure only relates to social housing projects, and excludes other forms of affordable or inclusionary housing driven by the City and the private sector.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi says, besides central Cape Town, the metropolitan area further consists of various important economic nodes, including Century City, Tygervalley, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Philippi, Atlantis, Somerset West and Cape Town’s second CBD and major public investment project, Bellville.
“The Voortrekker Road Corridor, which links the CBD to Bellville, is being spatially targeted to expand economic opportunity for business activity, jobs, affordable housing, and public transport,” Booi said.
Booi further indicated that the other primary road corridors that the City is targeting for transit-oriented development are the main roads in the southern suburbs, the R27, Marine Drive, Koeberg Road and Blaauwberg Road.
Meanwhile, the Western Cape government came under fire for its latest housing project that was unveiled on social media on Tuesday, August 10.
According to the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism, the Better Living Challenge (BLC) project aims to assist residents with self-build skills and knowledge, which can be used to build better structures in an informal settlement.
Are you an informal settlement resident looking to improve the building structure of your home? The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements’ Better Living Challenge project provides self-build skills & knowledge. Check out the 13-part video series: https://t.co/m3gN3OKSE2. pic.twitter.com/eV4eXJv9UA
— Western Cape Gov (@WesternCapeGov) August 10, 2021
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