CT housing waiting list at 270,000

The city of Cape Town’s waiting list for housing sits at an estimated 270,000.

The city of Cape Town’s waiting list for housing in the province sits at an estimated 270,000. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says the need for housing in the province is growing rapidly and its waiting list database is estimated at around 270,000.

The influx of people relocating from neighbouring provinces is one of the major contributing factors.

The city's Tandeka Gqada says they are trying to address the problem but it remains a huge challenge.

"It isn't an easy task, especially with the rate of urbanisation. Over the past 10 years Cape Town's population has grown by at least 30 percent."

Six months ago the city said the housing subsidy process would be streamlined as officials had better access to housing lists.

According to the city, in the past the municipality had to use the provincial government's database before it could work on improving the system.

Human settlements portfolio chairperson James Slabbert said officials went through the housing subsidy beneficiary list with a fine-tooth comb and found that many people were property owners or former property owners.

He said this resulted in a decreasing number of the people on the housing subsidy list.

Slabbert said the figures dropped to 303,000 at the end of 2012 to about 276,000 in April 2013.

He added it was one of the issues which hindered the city from making progress with the subsidy list.

Slabbert said with improved access to the housing list, the problem would be a thing of the past.

The Western Cape has a housing backlog dating back 24 years.