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Building inclusive communities through reversing the spatial legacy of apartheid is a key priority of this government. South African cities should break with the past where our urban form is defined by poorer families living on the fringes.
This month we are commencing with the development of affordable housing opportunities at scale on well-located City-owned land.
The importance of this occasion cannot be overstated. Developing prime land for lower-income residents in Cape Town is a momentous occasion.
These sites are less than 5 km away from the Cape Town central business district (CBD).
They are located within the Voortrekker Road Corridor Integration Zone (VRCIZ) – one of three integration zones where the City will, during our term of office, spend the bulk of our capital budget on infrastructure aimed to transform Cape Town’s spatial reality.
The significance of the location of these sites resonates when one bears in mind that the VRCIZ will link the Bellville, Maitland, Parow, Goodwood and Salt River CBDs with the Cape Town CBD via Voortrekker Road. By prioritising dense, transit-oriented growth and development in this integration zone, the City seeks to create more inclusive communities with access to improved services, job opportunities, and affordable housing and public transport.
The announcement today of the location of these City-owned sites is in line with the commitment in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to do everything possible to reverse the impact of apartheid spatial planning.
With the development of these sites, we are beginning to create a new urban fabric based on access and inclusivity.
The development of 11 City-owned sites in Salt River, Woodstock and the inner-city for inclusionary and affordable housing opportunities must also assist us to preserve the social diversity and unique character of areas like Woodstock and Salt River in the midst of rapid urbanisation and rising property prices. Furthermore, it must expedite the provision of affordable housing on well-located land close to work opportunities and public transport.
Apart from their proximity to CBDs, these sites are within walking distance of public transport, social amenities, schools, hospitals, and clinics.
We estimate that, once completed, the developments will benefit at least 4 000 lower-income households.
Five City-owned sites will be made available to the private sector for the development of inclusionary and affordable housing opportunities:
In addition, three sites have already been allocated to social housing institutions for the development of social housing opportunities. The statutory land-use applications are under way and we expect construction to commence in due course:
Two sites have been identified for Cape Town’s first inner-city transitional housing projects:
Two City-owned sites in the Woodstock area – one in Upper Coventry Road and the other also in Pine Road; as well as a City-owned site consisting of eight erven along Upper Canterbury Street in Gardens, will be available for development at a later stage.
More information about the sites, the strategic overview, design and housing typologies, closing date for development proposals from the private sector for the five City-owned sites, and the bid evaluation process, among others, is included in the prospectus. We will issue the prospectus within the next three weeks, if all goes as planned.
The prospectus will be a public document, meaning all interested and affected parties – from prospective developers, to residents and possible beneficiaries – will be able to access and read the document online.
I want to reiterate that the responsibility of creating a more integrated Cape Town is not ours alone.
Only a collective effort will undo the legacy of apartheid.
Building inclusive communities where we all have access to opportunities so that we can realise our full potential as individuals and as a city will require determination, perseverance, and cooperation.
Going forward, the City will follow a partnership approach where we will collaborate with all relevant stakeholders and, most importantly, with the people who currently live and work in Woodstock and Salt River.
This is a long-term commitment.
We need our residents, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations in the housing realm to support us.
I have already met with some residents and ratepayers’ associations over the past weeks and yesterday we hosted our first informal housing dialogue with developers from the private sector and representatives from civic organisations.
We will host public information sessions about the City’s vision for this precinct soon after the prospectus has been issued. Residents will also have the opportunity to view the private sector’s development proposals for each of the five sites and to submit their preferences to the City.
I will provide more specific information about the venues and dates of the public information sessions, dialogues, workshops and other relevant forums in due course.
We are excited about the future of these neighbourhoods. We are looking forward to forging collaborative partnerships as we charter a new course.
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