ShelterTech Accelerator programme makes its debut in Africa
ShelterTech Accelerator programme makes its debut in Africa

The Habitat for Humanity Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter's ShelterTech Accelerator programme is making its Africa debut in Kenya...

15 Nov 2018

Former ANC Shell House HQ converted into low-cost residential development
Former ANC Shell House HQ converted into low-cost residential development

PASA, earlier this year, completed the conversion of the former ANC Shell House headquarters in Joburg into a 563-unit affordable residential development...

15 Nov 2018

The Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association opposes the construction of a 12-storey apartment block on Lion Street. Archive photo: Aidan Jones
Court stops Bo-Kaap residents from interfering with tower block construction

The Western Cape High Court has granted an interim interdict to the developers of a controversial 12-storey apartment block in the Bo-Kaap...

By Kelly Vinett 14 Nov 2018

The affordable housing market is outperforming the rest - here's how
The affordable housing market is outperforming the rest - here's how

In a recent evaluation of the total 8-million South African properties, Lightstone's analytics has revealed that the affordable sector is by far the largest portion of the residential property market...

8 Nov 2018

Why did the City of Cape Town delay social housing in Salt River?
Why did the City of Cape Town delay social housing in Salt River?

The land at Salt River market has become "ground zero" for spatial transformation of Cape Town...

By Kelly Vinett 8 Nov 2018

People who lost their shacks in October’s fire in Overcome Heights tried to rebuild their shacks on private land because their was no longer space to rebuild in their old locations. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare
Fire victims rebuild their homes, only to have them demolished by city

On Friday, 2 November, the city's anti-land invasion unit demolished 21 shacks built along the boundary of Overcome Heights and Xakabantu open field...

By Bernard Chiguvare 6 Nov 2018

Land reform an economic necessity, says Ramaphosa
Land reform an economic necessity, says Ramaphosa

Land reform is not only about correcting a grave historical injustice, it is an absolute economic necessity, says President Cyril Ramaphosa...

5 Nov 2018

Brett Herron, JP Smith in war of words over social housing
Brett Herron, JP Smith in war of words over social housing

In an emotional press conference, Cape Town mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett Herron announced his resignation from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the city council...

By Thembela Ntongana and Kelly Vinett 2 Nov 2018

Medium-term housing subsidy move: What it means
Medium-term housing subsidy move: What it means

From a real estate perspective, the big news coming out of last week's MTBPS was that R1bn of the R50bn worth of government expenditure that is being reprioritised over the next three years will be directed to housing subsidies...

By Rudi Botha 30 Oct 2018

Salt River market along Voortrekker Road is located on two MyCiTi bus routes and alongside Salt River Rail Station, a site that councillor Brett Herron has said “is the perfect location for a higher density mixed use, mixed-income development in the inner city”. Photo: 2018 Google map / 2018 AfriGis (Pty) Ltd
Cape Town City Council delays decision on social housing project

CEO of Communicare Anthea Houston said of the delay, "This is a set back for those in need of affordable housing opportunities in the city ... It would be huge loss to Cape Town if they pull out now."

By Aidan Jones 26 Oct 2018

Habitat for Humanity addresses Africa's unique housing challenges at local leadership conference
Habitat for Humanity addresses Africa's unique housing challenges at local leadership conference

With some of the fastest growing cities in the world over the next 50 years, Africa will encounter many challenges...

25 Oct 2018

R162m housing project incomplete after over a decade
R162m housing project incomplete after over a decade

Many of the houses were left roofless and without doors and windows...

By Nompendulo Ngubane 25 Oct 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

Over 500 people have occupied land owned by Oasis Crescent Property company. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare
Land occupiers in Philippi want city to buy Oasis land

The City of Cape Town earlier this month conducted a site inspection at Siyangena informal settlement on ERF12718, Philippi, to assess the need for basic services and potential constraints...

By Bernard Chiguvare 19 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

BIG completes curvy affordable housing in Copenhagen
BIG completes curvy affordable housing in Copenhagen

Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG has completed a new affordable housing comlex in the northwestern part of Copenhagen...

12 Oct 2018

Is the supply of low income housing zero-rated or not?
Is the supply of low income housing zero-rated or not?

In the recent case of Sars v Amawele Joint Venture, the Supreme Court of Appeal considered whether three low income housing projects were zero-rated supplies in terms of the VAT Act...

By Kerushnie Govender and Arnaaz Camay 11 Oct 2018

New fund invests R2bn into Joburg inner-city redevelopment
New fund invests R2bn into Joburg inner-city redevelopment

Divercity Urban Property Fund has committed R2bn to the redevelopment of Johannesburg's inner-city precincts, starting with the iconic Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City...

11 Oct 2018

Paul Jackson, CEO of TUHF, joins Divercity Urban Property Fund board
TUHF's Paul Jackson joins Divercity Urban Property Fund board

Paul Jackson has been appointed as a member of the Divercity Urban Property Fund board of directors, effective 4 October 2018...

10 Oct 2018

FNB awarded for tackling SA housing gap
FNB awarded for tackling SA housing gap

FNB's Home Finance division has been recognised with a Govan Mbeki award for its contribution in helping to tackle South Africa's housing gap...

8 Oct 2018

L-R: Christian Agossa, director general of the mortgage refinance institution, UEMOA, and Stefan Nallemtaby, director of the financial sector development department, African Development Bank
Affordable housing in Africa to take centre stage at upcoming conference

The 34th African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) conference and AGM will take place for the first time in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, 23-25 October...

8 Oct 2018

Slum neighbourhood in Accra, Ghana. Image source:
Accra's informal settlements are easing the city's urban housing crisis

Informal settlements continue to remain a significant component of many cities in the developing world...

By Seth Asare Okyere, Jerry Chati Tasantab, and Matth 8 Oct 2018

Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Nkosikhona Swartbooi addresses protesters outside the offices of Growthpoint Properties in Claremont. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks
City lost R140m it could have spent on poor people, say protesters

About 20 members of Reclaim the City (RTC), an affordable housing activist group, protested outside the local offices of Growthpoint Properties in Claremont on Thursday, 4 October...

By Sophia Wilhelm 5 Oct 2018

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Improved housing key element of land reform

President Cyril Ramaphosa says one of the targets of the land reform programme is to identify well-located areas for social housing in urban areas...

4 Oct 2018

Good growth observed in office to residential conversions in certain regions
Good growth observed in office to residential conversions in certain regions

Office space to residential conversions are gaining in popularity...

27 Sep 2018

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 21 Sep 2018

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...

20 Sep 2018

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

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