The R487-million Jabulani Housing Project in Soweto, launched at the end of March, will see the development of 1 919 community residential and RDP housing units completed over the next few years – replacing the existing hostels on the site which are to be demolished over time. The new housing units will provide a more family-oriented environment for hostel dwellers and people from other income groups.
Bulk infrastructure services are due to be completed by the end of April and construction of the new housing will follow.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale said this development is an integrated project that will bring people together. He said the project is about changing the “ugly face” of apartheid single-sex hostels into family units.
The Jabulani Housing Project will provide subsidised homes, benefitting people and families with a monthly income of R3 500 or less, as well as catering for the ‘gap’ market, the people who earn too much to qualify for a government housing subsidy but too little to qualify for a bank loan.