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Draft Budget proposed more than R3 bn on informal settlements upgrades and services; more than R1 bn on formal, affordable housing<p>​‘Our draft Budget is one of shifting gears and finding solutions for the South African and Cape Town housing context. It focuses on mainstreaming and enhancing basic services in informal settlements, investing in the maintenance of affordable Council housing; expanding on the City’s pioneering social housing and accelerated land release programme and catering to beneficiaries of State-subsidised housing. We are also stepping up efforts to ensure tenure and ownership for beneficiaries by enabling them to receive title deeds as a means to establish economic and generational assets. </p><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /></figure>​</span>‘Our innovative Human Settlements Strategy looks at a range of human settlements interventions against the challenging backdrop of housing provision. The reality is that the State is not able to provide enough of a subsidy, land or budget for the development of more affordable housing. Human settlement delivery through partnerships are key. New emphases on micro developers and strong partnerships with social housing institutions is a key focus for the City and this is evident in the land release for affordable housing pipeline that is being driven,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Carl Pophaim. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Social housing and inner city housing opportunities.</strong><br></div><div><br></div><div>In 2023, the City made significant progress and released land for more than 2 200 social housing units across seven land parcels. Thousands of new opportunities are currently in the pipeline.</div><div><br></div><div>The City is aiming in future to become more of an enabler of opportunities than the sole provider and programmes must be based on greater partnerships and more land parcels must be unlocked for human settlements, this includes the large pieces of well-located National Government land. </div><div><br></div><div>The City estimates that 100 000 social housing opportunities are possible at sites such as Wingfield, Youngsfield, Ysterplaat and the Parliamentary village. The release of these national mega-properties for housing would make a huge difference given the sheer scale of the well-located military land compared to the very limited land with housing potential owned by the City and the Western Cape Government close to the urban centres.<br><br>Importantly, the City has made available 32 666m2 for social housing in the past five years. Work continues. <br></div><div> <br></div><div><strong>Comment on the Building for Jobs Budget 2024/25 by 30 April 2024. </strong><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>To view the tabled budget, please visit:</strong> <a href=""></a><br></div><div> </div><div>View the subcouncil public meeting schedule (subject to updating where applicable) <a href=""></a></div><div> </div><div><strong>Written comments</strong><br></div><div> </div><div>By email:<br></div><div> <br></div><div>Through your Ward Councillor/Subcouncil offices:<br></div><div> <br></div><div><strong>Verbal inputs</strong></div><div> <br></div><div>Phone: 0800 212 176</div><div> </div><div>For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176<br></div><div> <br></div><div>Visit <a href=""></a> for more information.<br></div><div> </div><div><strong>For social support with rates and services relief, please visit: </strong><a href=""></a></div><div> <br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br><br></div>2024-04-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82;L0|#0a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82|housing;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#191b1b12-4267-46d3-a6e7-02be3df25e7a;L0|#0191b1b12-4267-46d3-a6e7-02be3df25e7a|budget10

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