The City of Cape Town is making progress in its goals to deliver affordable housing projects in line with its commitment to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning. The City has signed a deal with 19 social housing partners who will manage affordable housing stock.
Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, says that these social housing partners will assist the Cape Town to establish living environments that embrace new, inclusive and creative solutions that mix housing types and tenure options as well as explore new technologies and designs.
These partnerships will enable greater progress in delivering affordable housing in well-located areas for a range of income groups.
The inner-city has become unaffordable due to increased land prices and property market trends. Government cannot tackle this alone and we need public-private partnerships that have proven to be successful with many other housing projects before.
De Lille says, “We aim to provide affordable social housing projects and our partnerships will ensure that we build an inclusive, integrated city where everyone feels a sense of belonging and where they do not feel isolated because of income disparities. This is one of our key priorities over the next five years: to drive greater integration as outlined in the new five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDP).
The City adopted the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan in August 2016 and the Executive Mayors says, “This gave us the opportunity to establish the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) in an explicit move to bring the functions of urban planning, formal housing and transport together. “The TDA is being used to enable the City to create a more compact and connected city.
Densification will also reduce the cost of transport. “We must stop this urban sprawl and build more density. In this regard and in line with our commitment to an integrated city, we have identified several City-owned sites in Salt River, Woodstock and the inner-city for affordable housing development.”
“We understand that some of the companies don’t have any housing stock under their management as yet, and as the City we are pleased to be providing an opportunity to emerging businesses to undertake their first development and management of stock and tenancies. More than half of the companies we’re partnering with are from the Western Cape while others carry a wealth of experience in providing social and affordable housing.
We have already partnered with some of these companies to deliver very successful social housing development and rental opportunities in Goodwood. We have also worked together on other projects including one in Heideveld. Without buy-in from developers and business we cannot reverse apartheid spatial planning. This initiative will bring such development right into the urban core. We want to deliver this through a social housing programme that enables access to affordable housing in well-located urban environments,” says de Lille.