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The City of Cape Town is hoping that its ambitious ceiling retrofit project will help to warm up the homes of beneficiaries of old State-subsidised housing projects this winter. Already the ceilings of more than 3 600 units have been insulated and weatherproofed. Read more below:

Between 1994 and 2005, the majority of State-subsidised housing units were constructed without insulated ceilings and weatherproofing. This was because the then subsidy which was provided by the National Government did not make provision for the installation of ceilings. After 2005, the standard for subsidised housing was improved and the housing subsidy was increased to provide ceilings, weatherproofing and partitioned bedrooms.‘We are expecting to complete some 4 500 ceilings in total by August – ahead of schedule – which will be to the benefit of our more vulnerable residents, especially during the cold and wet winter months.

‘Having to live without a ceiling has caused much discomfort for residents who are subsequently affected by the poor thermal performance of the homes as well as condensation which gives rise to damp conditions and inferior internal air quality. This also holds health implications for our residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen.

This first phase of this R133 million large-scale ceiling retrofitting initiative, comprising 8 001 units between 2015 to 2017, has been completed in Eureka, Kalkfontein, Broadlands (Strand) and Lwandle and is under way and soon to be completed in Vrygrond and Wesbank.

The second phase of the project is earmarked to start in the second half of the year, following public participation and community engagement.

It is estimated that in Cape Town alone, there are approximately 40 000 State-subsidised homes that do not have ceilings.

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