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23 May 2018

The DA-led Western Cape is championing 4 housing projects surrounding Cape Town International airport. These projects will be located along the Southern Corridor which is made up of the Airport Precinct, Kosovo, Penhill, iThemba and Forest Village; Belhar CBD, North-Eastern Corridor and Voortrekker Integration Zone. The housing projects have the potential to provide up to 18 000 homes.

Mass urbanisation resulted from the growth of the Western Cape’s economy and subsequent job creation. In turn, this created a demand for housing opportunities. The land identified for these housing projects is ideal as it is well situated near residents’ workplaces which follows the DA’s commitment to providing economic opportunities.

I also call on municipalities to continue working closely with the Department to ensure their housing database lists are up to date with claimants’ correct contact details.

So far, the Department has enumerated over 18 000 households and created profiles for these households. In the meantime, subdivision planning applications will be submitted to the relevant authorities for approval by September 2018. This will be followed by a detailed layout planning process.

To ensure that these projects deliver, the provincial Department of Human Settlements has created a detailed communication plan which includes councillors, communities (steering committees), and beneficiaries.

To accommodate the beneficiaries from the informal settlement and backyarders, housing opportunities will be allocated in terms of qualifying criteria. Applicants must:

· Be South Africans over the age of 18 years;

· Not have previously owned a home;

· Not have received a subsidy previously;

· Have a South African ID;

· Be married or cohabiting or be single with financial dependents;

· Be elderly, a military veterans or disabled; and

· Have an income of less than R3500 to qualify for social housing or up to R15 000 to qualify for FLISP.

Housing opportunities will constitute of military housing, student accommodation, BNG, CRU/social housing, FLISP, rental accommodation and UISP. This will lead to catalytic mixed-use development, freestanding, high density, and multi-story developments.

The DA-led Western Cape remains committed to restoring and building inclusive communities that all residents can be proud of and enjoy.

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