Affordable housing project gets green light

Cape Town’s City Council approved the project on Thursday.

FILE: Residents who are facing eviction from Woodstock due to failure to pay rent outside today. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Plans to build a transitional housing facility in Salt River for people who are displaced or evicted have received the final stamp of approval.

Although Cape Town’s City Council approved the project on Thursday, opposition parties are concerned over how it would be implemented.

Woodstock and Salt River residents, currently settled on land earmarked for social housing projects, have the option of moving into the new temporary housing facility.

During Thursday’s council meeting, African National Congress member Wela Dlulane claimed those affected by planned projects were not properly consulted.

“If these people do not qualify, according to the criteria that the City of Cape Town is coming up with, what will happen to those families?”

Councillor Brett Herron, the man guiding the project, called him out on his claim.

“I was the ward councillor for ward 57 of the last term of office and we’ve been speaking to the beneficiaries about this project for a very long time.”

Ten city-owned sites have been identified for the development of affordable housing projects.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)