A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cottage for sale
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cottage for sale

This month, a new report shows that Malta has edged out Hong Kong as the territory or country with the highest residential price gains. With such rampant development on the island, Malta's national bird should perhaps be... the crane?

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 14 hours ago

SA, Ecuador share notes on housing development
SA, Ecuador share notes on housing development

South Africa's vision of integrated urban planning continues to be negatively impacted by the development of houses in the periphery of urban centres, says Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Andries Nel...

1 day ago

Affordable housing: City of Cape Town and developers at crossroads
Affordable housing: City of Cape Town and developers at crossroads

Politicians, civil servants and people in Cape Town's property industry are at a crossroads...

By Jonty Cogger and Jared Rossouw 13 Sep 2018

KwaMashu hostel residents fed up with city's neglect
KwaMashu hostel residents fed up with city's neglect

Hostel dwellers at A-Section in KwaMashu marched to Durban City Hall on Monday...

By Nomfundo Xolo 10 Sep 2018

Cape Town approves rezoning of prime property for social housing in inner city
Cape Town approves rezoning of prime property for social housing in inner city

On Tuesday, 4 September, the City of Cape Town's Municipal Planning Tribunal approved an application by the Western Cape government to consolidate and rezone the Somerset Precinct...

By Thembela Ntongana 6 Sep 2018

CT earmarks derelict sites in Parow for social housing
CT earmarks derelict sites in Parow for social housing

Several vacant, underutilised city-owned sites and derelict buildings in Parow have been identified for potential investment in the provision of affordable rental units...

23 Aug 2018

Tenants in city-owned houses on Maynard Street had until 16 August to respond to the city with a purchase offer. The city has valued the properties at between R2.6m and R4m; estate agents have said they’re worth between R1.5m and R1.7m. Photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana
City of Cape Town wants millions from Maynard Street tenants

In mid-July tenants in Maynard Street, central Cape Town, received letters of valuation from the City of Cape Town estimating that their city-owned homes were worth between R2.6m and R4m...

By Tara Osborne 22 Aug 2018

The NU29 project was commissioned in 2014 to benefit poor families in the metro. Construction was abandoned halfway, leaving many unfinished flats. Photo: Joseph Chirume
National government to "go after" housing officials, blacklist contractors for rotten buildings

The Department of Human Settlements earlier this week said it will be taking legal action against officials across the country who oversaw the construction of poor houses...

By Joseph Chirume 17 Aug 2018

SA needs youth home-building plan
SA needs youth home-building plan

The latest available figures from StatsSA show that there are about 3.3-million South Africans aged 15 to 24 who are not currently in education, training or employment...

By Berry Everitt 16 Aug 2018

Residents facing eviction from these houses in Bromwell Street want the City of Cape Town to give them alternative accommodation near the City CBD. Photo: Rejul Bejoy
Woodstock residents win right to challenge City of Cape Town on housing

Residents facing eviction from their homes in Bromwell Street, Woodstock, are entitled to challenge the City of Cape Town's housing plan, the Western Cape High Court has ruled...

By Barbara Maregele and Tara Osborne 16 Aug 2018

Occupiers of Cape Town buildings hold first congress
Occupiers of Cape Town buildings hold first congress

About 300 members and supporters of Reclaim the City gathered at Queen's Park High School in Woodstock...

By Phathiswa Shushwana 13 Aug 2018

These RDP houses in Joe Slovo flood regularly. Photo: Joseph Chirume
RDP houses built in a floodplain

"I don't know who approved this project because our houses were built in a floodplain," says 63-year-old pensioner Zamile Mgabadeli...

By Joseph Chirume 7 Aug 2018

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Intergovernmental pact seeks to speed up housing in North West

An intergovernmental agreement to speed up the provision of subsidised houses will see more residents in the North West...

7 Aug 2018

Parkwood housing project gets underway
Parkwood housing project gets underway

A team of professionals is to visit seven sites next week where social and affordable housing will be built for backyarders in Parkwood...

By Barbara Maregele 3 Aug 2018

Cape Town's neglected council flats
Cape Town's neglected council flats

The City of Cape Town owns approximately 50,000 rental units...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Thembela Ntongana 25 Jul 2018

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CT housing crisis solution shortlisted in global competition

Run by RICS, a community-funded affordable housing scheme for Cape Town is one of five entries shortlisted for Africa in a global competition...

9 Jul 2018

Hundreds of backyarders, informal settlement dwellers and social housing tenants (or former tenants) marched to the provincial Department of Human Settlement on Wednesday. Photo: Thembela Ntongana
Social housing residents demand option to buy homes

About 400 people marched from Cape Town's Keizersgracht Street to the provincial Department of Human Settlements on Wednesday, 4 July...

By Thembela Ntongana 5 Jul 2018

Land occupations across the country have skyrocketed this year. New approaches are needed to solve the housing shortage. Archive photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana
Can subsidised rentals help solve the housing crisis?

The housing shortage has come to a head this year with a massive increase in land occupations...

By GroundUp editors 28 Jun 2018

Battle for Bo-Kaap's future remains ongoing
Battle for Bo-Kaap's future remains ongoing

Tyres burned on Wale Street in Bo-Kaap in May this year with protesting residents wanting to draw attention to concerns about development and heritage...

By Aidan Jones 27 Jun 2018

City and provincial officials met with Parkwood community leaders on Tuesday to discuss potential sites for social and affordable housing. Photo: Barbara Maregele
Western Cape government identifies seven possible housing sites

At least seven vacant plots have been identified as "possible sites for social and affordable housing" in Cape Town's southern suburbs...

By Barbara Maregele 21 Jun 2018

Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela addressed the spate of land occupations in a press conference on Thursday, 14 June. Photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana
We can't house everyone, says Bonginkosi Madikizela

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements, has said it is important for people to realise that government will not be able to house everyone...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana 18 Jun 2018

Affordable housing solutions in pipes, containers and 3D printers
Affordable housing solutions in pipes, containers and 3D printers

A critical shortage of affordable housing across the world is triggering creative solutions...

By Rina Chandran 7 Jun 2018

Drakenstein could be testing ground for land expropriation, says minister
Drakenstein could be testing ground for land expropriation, says minister

Deputy minister of rural development and land reform Mcebisi Skwatsha says government is considering expropriating land without compensation...

By Barbara Maregele 6 Jun 2018

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Why megaprojects to deliver houses in South Africa might not work

In 2014, the South African government announced a new direction in housing policy...

By Richard Ballard and Margot Rubin 24 May 2018

Patricia de Lille proposes affordable housing in Cape Town's tallest skyscraper
Patricia de Lille proposes affordable housing in Cape Town's tallest skyscraper

Mayor Patricia de Lille has put forward a proposal...

21 May 2018

Cape Town councillor promises new social housing by 2019
Cape Town councillor promises new social housing by 2019

Tensions ran high at a meeting hosted by Reclaim the City (RTC) with City of Cape Town councillors Brett Herron, Suzette Little and Dave Bryant...

By Annie Cebulski 14 May 2018

The Red Location museum in New Brighton has been closed since 2013. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality intends to spend R21m re-opening it. Photo: Mwanda Mesatywa
R22m Red Location Museum slowly being stripped nail by nail

Years after the closure of the Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth, the huge building has now been stripped...

By Mwanda Mesatywa 11 May 2018

CoJ Draft Inclusionary Housing Policy could deter developers, says SAPOA
CoJ Draft Inclusionary Housing Policy could deter developers, says SAPOA

The draft policy proposes that every new development of 10 dwelling units or more must include 20% inclusionary housing...

24 Apr 2018

Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions
Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions

Housing microfinance can and should become a mainstream offering for financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa...

13 Apr 2018

RIP Pam Golding
RIP Pam Golding

Property and real estate icon Pam Golding has passed away at the age of 90. Golding entered the male-dominated property industry in the 1970s and not only became a household name but a leader in the industry and an inspiration to female entrepreneurs everywhere...

4 Apr 2018

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