A total of 314 housing units of the planned 587 units in The Downs housing developments have been completed.
The R77 million Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing project in Manenberg is set to be finished by mid-2022. At least five different areas around Manenberg, all closer to Govan Mbeki Road which is a major transport route to and from Cape Town and the southern suburbs, form part of the project.
The project is also close to a library, schools, community halls and open spaces.
Malusi Booi, Mayco member for human settlements, recently visited the project to check the progress.
“The City is working hard to provide housing opportunities to more residents who qualify for housing opportunities. This project is an example of the City’s commitment to providing affordable housing on suitable land in and near urban centres. As a caring City, we recognise the need for housing opportunities that are situated on well-located land near urban centres across the metro, close to public transport, employment opportunities and economic nodes,” says Booi.
Booi says beneficiaries for the project are chosen in accordance with the City’s allocation policy to ensure qualifying individuals benefit in a fair and equitable manner that prevents queue-jumping.
“The accommodation need in Cape Town is pronounced and we will only succeed by following a systematic approach of first come, first served. We are looking at all options to see how we can enable the delivery of housing opportunities to our beneficiaries on a larger scale through greater innovation and private public partnerships,” Booi says.
“We need national housing reform, innovation and greater partnerships with the private sector if we are going to keep up with the enormous demand for housing opportunities. Our draft human settlements strategy proposes a number of interventions. We encourage members of the public to read through it and to have their say during the public participation process.”