Demand for social housing increases

02 March 2021

Mayco member for human settlements, Malusi Booi inspects a unit at the Glenhaven social housing project

As Capetonians sift truth from lies in what has become a media mud-slinging fest between the City of Cape Town and a former Mayco member, one thing is sure, the economic fallout linked to the pandemic has seen an increased demand for social housing in the Western Cape.

Earlier this month, Good Party secretary-general Brett Herron accused the provincial government of lying about inner-city housing developments in Cape Town. The City hit back, saying that social housing projects are well on track and not cancelled as “falsely” claimed. Neither parties, however, can deny the urgent need for social housing in the province.

Social housing rental units cater for households earning between R1 501 and R15 000 per month, in higher density “block” developments. Social housing institutions (SHI) accredited by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) in terms of the Social Housing Act undertake the property management of these developments.

To access this service, South Africans who are 18 or older need to apply to these SHI’s directly. These institutions include Communicare, SOHCO, Povicom, Own Haven, Madulammoho, Instratin and Urban Status Rentals (Devmark).

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