- The Maitland Metro Precinct development is being privately developed into a mixed-use precinct that will yield housing opportunities.
- The project is valued at about R1.2 billion and approximately R178 million has already been invested in it.
- Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille conducted an oversight visit to the development on Thursday.
Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille conducted an oversight visit to the integrated human settlements development in Maitland, Cape Town, on Thursday.
The Maitland Metro Precinct in the western part of Maitland is being privately developed by BlueBuck Projects into a mixed-income, mixed-use precinct that will see the development of inclusionary and integrated housing opportunities.
The project intends to develop at least 1 200 residential opportunities in this centrally located node.
Public Works Deputy Minister Noxolo Kiviet and Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, head of Infrastructure South Africa, joined De Lille on the oversight visit.
De Lille said the project was aimed at providing access to dignified and well-located inclusionary housing opportunities to achieve spatial transformation in Cape Town.
"This is a prime example of how human settlement developments should be done in our democracy with affordable and well-located housing, close to work opportunities and transport."
She said that by bringing people closer to transport and work opportunities, they will achieve spatial justice and reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.
The project is valued at about R1.2 billion and approximately R178 million has already been invested.
Shaun Reznik, chief operating officer of BlueBuck Projects, said the Maitland Metro will provide housing opportunities for low to middle-income households.
"This aims to be an example rejuvenation project that can be replicated in other urban suburbs. Hopefully, this will encourage and expedite other human settlement developments. The rejuvenation and urban upgrades will have positive impacts on the surrounding suburbs and provide recreational opportunities for residents," he said.
This first project commenced in November last year. It is due for completion in November 2021. Later this year, the second project – a social housing project developed by Madulammoho Housing Association – will commence with construction. The project was expected to bring 204 social housing units and some training facilities to Maitland Metro. At least two more projects are expected to commence in 2022, with all buildings being completed in 2027.
BlueBuck development manager Vuyo Mthi said construction was ongoing on the first development in the precinct – an eight-storey building comprising 143 residential units and 650m² of retail space, including an OK MiniMark.
"The priorities for the area are affordability, security, safe recreational areas for both children and adults and easy access to needed shops and amenities," Mthi added.