WC Human Settlements MEC welcomes plans for affordable housing

The municipality announced on Tuesday 10 sites have been identified for the development of a mixed bag of housing options in the city centre, Woodstock & Salt River.

A Housing Project in Atlantis. Photo: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has welcomed new plans to make affordable houses available for working class black and coloured people in Cape Town.

The municipality announced on Tuesday 10 sites have been identified for the development of a mixed bag of housing options in the city centre, Woodstock and Salt River.

Three of these sites have already been allocated to social housing institutions.

Although there've been opportunities for redevelopment such as the provincially owned old Tafelberg school site in Sea Point, not a single state-subsidised rental unit has been built in the inner city of Cape Town since 1994.

So it's regarded as long overdue.

“Hallelujah, that’s my response. I want to congratulate the city and Brett in particular for really taking that bold step.”

Madikizela says he'll provide the necessary support.

“This is long overdue but we understand the complexity around this. And also I know that it’s not going to be an easy thing to do. We will need the partners because any inner city development will likely depend on the partnership that the inner city will have with various developers.”

The plans include building the city's first transitional housing project in Salt River for people who are displaced or evicted from their homes.

This will be much closer than the current relocation settlement in Wolwerivier, some 30 kilometres from Cape Town.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)