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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

Cape Town to pilot "safe space" for homeless people
Cape Town to pilot "safe space" for homeless people

A "safe space" for homeless people at the Culemborg bridge in the Cape Town city centre should be operational in May 2018, according to JP Smith, mayco member for safety and security, and social services...

By Aidan Jones 22 Mar 2018

Court orders Brett Herron to explain emergency housing options
Court orders Brett Herron to explain emergency housing options

Magistrate Paul Jethro has ordered the City of Cape Town's Brett Herron and an official from the housing department to explain where it plans to house a group of Woodstock occupants facing eviction...

By Barbara Maregele 14 Mar 2018

We need bowling greens and golf courses for affordable housing
We need bowling greens and golf courses for affordable housing

Despite a profound housing and segregation crisis, the City of Cape Town continues to lease well-located public land for next to nothing to private companies and associations for bowling greens, parking lots, golf courses, and other inefficient and exclusive uses...

By Nick Budlender 13 Mar 2018

Empower Shack long-listed for RIBA International Prize
Empower Shack long-listed for RIBA International Prize

Located in Khayelitsha, Empower Shack - an Urban Think-Tank project - has been long-listed for the 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize...

12 Mar 2018

Housing picket outside Brett Herron's home
Housing picket outside Brett Herron's home

About 60 tenants facing eviction, together with supporters of Reclaim the City, picketed outside the home of Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, early on Tuesday morning, 6 March...

By Barbara Maregele 7 Mar 2018

City says no money to house evictees in Woodstock
City says no money to house evictees in Woodstock

The City of Cape Town says that a group of Woodstock families facing eviction cannot be temporarily housed in converted containers near where they currently live "due to budgetary constraints"...

By Barbara Maregele 2 Mar 2018

Crime mars Cape Town's largest social housing project
Crime mars Cape Town's largest social housing project

Steenvilla, the largest social housing complex in Cape Town is a gated community with 24-hour security, yet residents complain about the high crime rate...

By Ashraf Hendricks 21 Feb 2018

Housing shortage an opportunity for high investment yields
Housing shortage an opportunity for high investment yields

Investment is needed in the affordable housing sector. Historically, growth in this sector has been hampered by perceptions of high risk and, as a result, undervalued investments...

By Kiara Suttner 13 Feb 2018

Success Marota, CFO: Joshco
#BizFinFocus: Neighbourhood watch of a different kind

Success Marota is a bit of an alchemist. While not a wizard, the chartered accountant [CA(SA)] and registered auditor is a whiz at what he does...

8 Feb 2018

Filmmaker Michael Uwemedimo, one of the keynote speakers at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference, spoke about the violent ‘clearing’ of almost two million people and their waterfront houses in Port Harcourt, Nigeria to make way for development. Photo: Andy Mkosi
Housing crisis: data collection is critical

The use of data to manage the world's growing housing crisis came into focus during the second day of the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference at the University of Cape Town...

By Sean O'Toole 5 Feb 2018

Innovative thinking vital for continued effectiveness of SA's affordable housing sector
Innovative thinking vital for continued effectiveness of SA's affordable housing sector

SA's high and increasing levels of poverty and unemployment, and still very low average household income, mean that a disproportionate number of individuals and families across the country are unable to participate in the housing market...

By Leanne Govender 29 Jan 2018

Cape Town warns of housing fraudsters
Cape Town warns of housing fraudsters

The City of Cape Town has warned prospective housing beneficiaries to be wary of fraudsters posing as community representatives...

18 Dec 2017

It's time to recognise how harmful high-rise living can be for residents
It's time to recognise how harmful high-rise living can be for residents

The fire at Grenfell Tower has catapulted high-rise social housing into the public consciousness, in a way not seen since the 1960s...

By Royce Turner and Andrea Wigfield 11 Dec 2017

Property owners receive title deeds for Breaking New Ground housing developments
Property owners receive title deeds for Breaking New Ground housing developments

A total of 330 title deeds have been given to the property owners of Breaking New Ground housing developments in Heideveld, Kleinvlei and Roosendal...

1 Dec 2017

Steenvilla in Cape Town’s south peninsula is an example of a rent-based state-subsidised social housing project. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks
Rent instead of owning: Is it a better model for low-income housing?

We explain an important part of the government housing programme...

By Maxwell Roeland 23 Nov 2017

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