On Thursday, the City of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, hosted a council sitting, where he declared the city is in a process to release more central located land for two more major affordable housing projects for Capetonians, as per News24.
At the sitting, he announced the tabling of the final handing over of the Salt River Market property to the social housing institution for construction, that the two institution constructions will be the Pickwick Road site. However, Salt River, is also expected to be tabled for final approval for release for social housing making both sites being on City-owned land.
Today, we tabled the handing over of the Salt River Market property for social housing construction. The Pickwick Road project will also be approved.
— Geordin Hill-Lewis (@geordinhl) July 28, 2022
Mayor Hill- Lewis said, with the rising fuel prices, rising interest rates, and dysfunctional rail systems, the City understands that some Capetonians are spending 30% or more of their monthly income on public transport just getting to work. That every person in Cape Town, and those who move here from elsewhere, must know and feel that this is a place where they have a decent chance of building a better life for themselves.
“Ultimately, we aim to be the kind of South Africa everyone should be living in,” added Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.
Earlier this year, the mayor formed a priority housing programme with a focus on four work streams, which have made progress in:
- A more rapid pipeline of land release for social housing
- Identifying large mixed-use sites for private sector development
- Unlocking the massive potential of micro-developers
- Developing an enabling planning environment to accelerate affordable housing delivery
The City of Cape Town is also pushing forward with calls for national government to release the huge pieces of unused state land in the city, which is at least 77 times the size of the land the City owns.
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