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Build-to-rent (BTR) - an investment model to watch
Build-to-rent (BTR) - an investment model to watch

Build-to-rent (BTR) is not a well-known term in South Africa, but is an investment model to watch...

By Harold Spies 6 Dec 2019

Opposition to City of Cape Town's business park plan
Opposition to City of Cape Town's business park plan

Some business owners in the Racing Park near Dunoon are opposing the City of Cape Town's plan to rezone the area from industrial to residential...

By Peter Luhanga 5 Dec 2019

Decision on disputed Sea Point property expected in 2020
Decision on disputed Sea Point property expected in 2020

The long-awaited Tafelberg case ended on Friday, 29 November, after five days in the Western Cape High Court...

By Madison Yauger 2 Dec 2019

School promises some affordable housing on Tafelberg site
School promises some affordable housing on Tafelberg site

If the Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School acquires the Tafelberg site, 40 affordable housing units will be built on the property as well as a school...

By Madison Yauger 29 Nov 2019

Judges question province's argument in Tafelberg case
Judges question province's argument in Tafelberg case

Judges in the Tafelberg case questioned arguments by the Western Cape government on Wednesday, 27 November, about the decision to sell the valuable property to a private school instead of building social housing on the site...

By Madison Yauger 28 Nov 2019

Court case on future of Sea Point property begins
Court case on future of Sea Point property begins

The four-day case on the fate of the Tafelberg property began in the Cape High Court on Monday, 25 November. The case could potentially set a precedent on what can be done with inner city state-owned land...

By Madison Yauger 27 Nov 2019

SA's inner cities experiencing rebirth but challenges remain
SA's inner cities experiencing rebirth but challenges remain

Hosted annually by TUHF Limited, the Inner City Property Conference took place late last month at the Sunnyside Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg. Outgoing mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba was among...

25 Nov 2019

African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) members sign Cape Town Declaration for governments to address housing finance shortage.
5-point plan set for governments to address African housing finance shortage

Following the conclusion of its 35th annual conference earlier this month, the 35 active members of the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) together agreed on a Cape Town Declaration on Housing Finance...

15 Nov 2019

Land in Dido Valley where the Redhill housing development is to be built. Photo: Ella Ndongeni
Still no houses for Redhill residents

A year ago, GroundUp published a story about the Redhill community's long wait for housing...

By Ella Ndongeni 12 Nov 2019

Land to be freed up in Cape Town city centre
Land to be freed up in Cape Town city centre

City-owned land along lower Buitengracht Street, which has been held by the province as road reserve for the unfinished Foreshore freeway, is in the process of being returned to the City of Cape Town...

By Steve Kretzmann 31 Oct 2019

City of Cape Town approves R14bn Foreshore development despite objections
City of Cape Town approves R14bn Foreshore development despite objections

The Harbour Arch development, which will be the largest of its kind in the Cape Town city centre, was approved by the Municipal Planning Tribunal on Thursday, 24 October...

By Aisha Abdool Karim 25 Oct 2019

Occupations are the tool to hold government to account, say housing activists
Occupations are the tool to hold government to account, say housing activists

Last Friday night, about 200 people gathered at Helen Bowden Nurses' Home for Reclaim the City's (RTC) second annual congress...

By Aisha Abdool Karim 22 Oct 2019

How inclusionary housing can make Cape Town a better place
How inclusionary housing can make Cape Town a better place

Last month, Ndifuna Ukwazi launched litigation in the Western Cape High Court to advance inclusionary housing in Cape Town. Some members of the public may be asking: what is inclusionary housing? Why do we need it?

By Jonty Cogger 17 Oct 2019

SA has no reliable data on subsidised housing, says report
SA has no reliable data on subsidised housing, says report

The data on state subsidised houses is unreliable and incomplete, according to a report by the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa...

By Drew Wayland 14 Oct 2019

Namibia's urban poor are stuck in limbo, without land or services
Namibia's urban poor are stuck in limbo, without land or services

Informal settlements are increasingly emerging in cities in developing countries across the world, including Africa...

By Selma T. Karuaihe 4 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Lessons about housing from Ghana's Volta River project 50 years on
Lessons about housing from Ghana's Volta River project 50 years on

The Volta River project in Ghana was a symbolic embodiment of progress, modernisation, and development...

By Iain Jackson 26 Sep 2019

Better Living Challenge in finals for Human City Design Award
Better Living Challenge in finals for Human City Design Award

The Western Cape's Better Living Challenge (BLC) - a design project that encourages innovation and affordable solutions in low-income housing - is in the running for the $85,000 Human City Design Award...

26 Sep 2019

Affordable housing options in the Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
Affordable housing options in the Southern Suburbs, Cape Town

Social enterprise housing NGO, Communicare completes the first phase of the Musgrave Park development in Diep River, Cape Town...

20 Sep 2019

Housing activists take City of Cape Town to court
Housing activists take City of Cape Town to court

Activist organisation and law centre Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) has launched litigation in the Cape High Court to compel the City of Cape Town to develop a housing policy that would require new developments to include affordable housing...

By Sandisiwe Shoba 16 Sep 2019

Green roofs, like this one in Sao Paulo, Brazil, have many benefits. Leonardo Ikeda/Shutterstock
How buildings in Johannesburg could benefit from green roofs

There are about 500,000 square metres of green space in Chicago in the United States. Many of these are visible, not on the ground, but on building roofs across the city...

By Anne Fitchett 9 Sep 2019

Khayelitsha land occupiers to square off with City in court
Khayelitsha land occupiers to square off with City in court

Shack dwellers at Mpukwini informal settlement in Khayelitsha are preparing to square off with the municipality in court next month. They want the eviction order against them scrapped and the City of Cape Town to build them houses on the land...

By Vincent Lali 30 Aug 2019

Tensions flare at Cape housing dialogue
Tensions flare at Cape housing dialogue

About 80 backyarders and homeless people from the metro met at the Castle of Good Hope on Thursday, 29 August, to discuss the lack of housing opportunities for the poor...

By Ashraf Hendricks 30 Aug 2019

SAHIF supporting women empowerment with job opportunities
SAHIF supporting women empowerment with job opportunities

The South African Housing and Infrastructure Fund (SAHIF), during an intimate information sharing session in KwaZulu-Natal in August, announced that the majority of beneficiaries of its projected 11,600 jobs - to be created over the next three years - will be women...

26 Aug 2019

4 new affordable housing developments in Philippi approved
4 new affordable housing developments in Philippi approved

The City of Cape Town's Planning Appeals Advisory Panel has approved the construction of four private sector affordable housing developments located between Strandfontein, Ottery and Boundary Roads in Philippi...

19 Aug 2019

Rezoning application for Salt River Market site approved
Rezoning application for Salt River Market site approved

The City of Cape Town on Tuesday, 13 August, announced that the rezoning application for the Salt River Market site has been approved. This will allow for the land to be developed for mixed-use purposes and will include social housing units...

14 Aug 2019

Shipping containers - an interesting alternative to traditional construction techniques
Shipping containers - an interesting alternative to traditional construction techniques

As economic pressures increase, and affordability continues to limit access to property, millions of South African families are without a reliable place to call home...

By Tony Clarke 13 Aug 2019

Woodstock Hospital occupiers protest in Civic Centre
Woodstock Hospital occupiers protest in Civic Centre

About 40 members of Reclaim the City protested inside the Cape Town Civic Centre on Tuesday morning, 6 August. They demanded that Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato meet with them before making a decision to evict them from the Woodstock Hospital...

By Tariro Washinyira 7 Aug 2019

Company leaves R164m housing project unfinished
Company leaves R164m housing project unfinished

Nophakamile Qongwana is 75 years old. Two months ago she moved into an RDP house for the first time, even though the house in Daluxolo, Madantsane, was not finished...

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and GroundUp staff 31 Jul 2019

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