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Social housing plans for Central Cape Town are well on track<p>The City of Cape Town notes continued misinformation around social housing projects in the central Cape Town area. We reiterate that projects are well on track and not cancelled as falsely claimed by a former Mayoral Committee Member. </p><p>The City is currently driving the construction phase of over 2 000 affordable housing opportunities in and near urban centres across the metro. <br> <br>Projects in the central Cape Town area have not been cancelled as falsely claimed. We acknowledge that a former mayco member was part of the initial announcement of some social housing plans, but we are getting the job done, not talking about it.</p><p>Several well-located projects in central Cape Town are set for major milestones this year, with a projected total of around 620 social housing units. </p><p>Pine Road is due to break ground, Dillon Lane is at development application stage, and Salt River Market is now just months away from handover to a social housing developer. <br> <br>The Newmarket Street site (444 units projected yield) is also in the pipeline for social housing among others, with a short-term lease on the property contributing to upkeep and security in the interim. <br> <br>The City and the WCG are together driving the innovative Conradie Better Living Model (BLM) development (3 600 units total) in Pinelands, an inner city feeder suburb. Similar collaboration has succeeded in Belhar CBD (4 000 units total) where an affordable community context is being created around key education institutions.<br> <br>In District Six, the City is hosting extensive engagements with residents on a Local Spatial Development Framework, and the WCG has already built the District Six CDC healthcare facility, anticipating the return of thousands of beneficiaries to the CBD via the National Government-led restitution process.</p><p><strong>Illegal Occupation at Woodstock Hospital a major obstacle to social housing</strong></p><p>Ndifuna Ukwazi’s ‘Reclaim the City’ unlawful occupation campaign has become a major obstacle to social housing at two well-located sites in central Cape Town. </p><p>Following an announcement of social housing plans for these properties, Ndifuna Ukwazi staged an organised invasion in March 2017, with subsequent calls to “sustain and build” the occupation. </p><p>This has stalled social housing development at both the City-owned Woodstock Hospital site and the Helen Bowden property near the V&A Waterfront, owned by the Western Cape Government (WCG).</p><p>The City plans to build around 700 social housing units at Woodstock Hospital. It is of top priority as one of our biggest projects in the area. It is hoped that the Ndifuna Ukwazi-enabled occupants will move from the property voluntarily. Social housing development is not possible unless all illegal occupants vacate the site. If needs be, the City will pursue eviction proceedings subject to lockdown regulations and all due process will be followed.</p><p>The City is currently applying for a court-ordered survey to determine the number of illegal occupants, their identities, monthly income, eligibility for state-subsidised housing, and willingness to vacate the property so that social housing plans are not further delayed.</p><p>A previous attempt to conduct a socio-economic survey was blocked by illegal occupants, as recorded in the minutes of a meeting with Ndifuna Ukwazi Co-Director Jared Rossouw and others at the property. </p><p>In October 2018, the High Court granted an order interdicting and restraining Reclaim the City from “inciting persons to enter or be upon the property for the purpose of unlawfully occupying or invading”.<br> <br>In contempt of this order, the number of unlawful occupiers has increased substantially, along with reports of criminality, rent extortion rackets, violence and mob activity to the detriment of the surrounding community.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-02-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82;L0|#00d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82|human settlements;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3ea72323-aacb-4ec5-b16a-f187107de423;L0|#03ea72323-aacb-4ec5-b16a-f187107de423|social housing10

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