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.
FORTY ON L in Bo Kaap – a Blok Raw development The appeal of city living encompasses far more than just the allure of having a convenient base in the hub of the daily hustle and bustle. With less travelling time and more time for “living”, city dwellers can truly enjoy urban living to the full, as they have more time available to explore their city's offerings and mingle with a cosmopolitan mix of people. They can more frequently visit local establishments and enjoy cultural and health activities, without the stress of lengthy commuting afterwards.
It is reported that between 1994 and June 2010, government financed the building of over 2.7 million homes for South Africans, giving shelter to more than 13 million people. Government spending on housing delivery increased from R4.8 billion in 2004/05 to R10.9 billion in the 2009/10 financial year. Yet there are still thousands of informal settlements across the country and more than 12 million South Africans are still in need of proper homes.
Gap housing defines those residential units whose prices fall between government housing and those delivered by the private sector. A perceived gap exists in the monthly income requirements for prospective owners, meaning their levels of income are too little to enable them to participate in the private property market, yet too much to qualify for state assistance.