On 16 January 2020, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, visited the Glenhaven social housing project which comprises several different types of housing opportunities to check on its progress. The first social housing units in this Bellville South project at a total cost of approximately R190-million are expected to be handed over in April this year.
The City’s Glenhaven project comprises of 512 social housing opportunities as well 253 Gap rental housing units. The City expenditure on this partnership project of R67-million includes money allocated for the earthworks; internal civil engineering services for the provision of water, sanitation and roads; electricity reticulation; street lighting and the units.
Through the development process, the City has assisted the not-for-profit social housing institution Urban Status Rentals with all the funding and statutory applications to enable the successful delivery of the housing units. The construction of the top structures for the social housing opportunities commenced in October 2018 and is expected to be completed in April 2020. The construction of the Gap rental housing units was completed in February 2019 and units are already tenanted.
The City and its partners have 28 social housing projects in the planning or construction phases and five social housing projects comprising of over 2 000 units have been completed to date. The City’s commitment to affordable housing in and near urban centres aims to develop greater spatial equality in Cape Town.
The City’s Gap housing market is made up of households which earn between R3 501 and R22 000 per month, and do not qualify for a full housing subsidy. However, these households are eligible for a range of partial housing subsidies and programmes. Registration on the City’s Housing Database is essential.
The selection of beneficiaries for all City housing projects is done in accordance with the City’s Allocation Policy and the City’s Housing Database to ensure that housing opportunities are allocated to qualifying beneficiaries in a fair and equitable manner.