Herald­ing new be­gin­nings

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

A R75 MIL­LION so­cial hous­ing project with 219 rental units has been launched in Brook­lyn, Cape Town.

Drommedaris is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments, the So­cial Hous­ing Foun­da­tion, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, the City of Cape Town, Dutch In­ter­na­tional Guar­an­tees for Hous­ing (DIGH) and Com­mu­ni­care.

Premier He­len Zille of­fi­ci­ated at the sym­bolic sod-tur ning event, where other dig­ni­taries in­cluded ME C f o r H o u s i n g , B o n g i n ko s i Madik­izela; Mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato, and Brian Mo­holo, MD of The So­cial Hous­ing Foun­da­tion.

The project will be fi­nanced through a R28 mil­lion re­struc­tur­ing cap­i­tal grant, R22m from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment as al­lo­cated by the City of Cape Town, and a R20m loan fund­ing from DIGH, with Com­mu­ni­care fund­ing the bal­ance of the to­tal project cost from its own eq­uity.

“Alt hough Com­mu­ni­care has been pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing for the peo­ple of the West­ern Cape for the past 80 years, this is our first true so­cial hous­ing de­vel­op­ment,” says Com­mu­ni­care chair­man Her­man Fourie.

“The goal is to pro­vide good qual­ity rental hous­ing in strate­gic parts of the city and Brook­lyn is an ideal lo­ca­tion. There are ex­cel­lent ex­ist­ing trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties close by, which in­clude hos­pi­tals, schools and li­braries, all of which meet the gov­ern­ment’s cri­te­ria for qual­ity so­cial hous­ing.

“The Brook­lyn area has also been iden­ti­fied as part of the city’s

‘This part­ner­ship will be de­liv­er­ing the gov­ern­ment’s ob­jec­tive of es­tab­lish­ing hu­man set­tle­ments’

r e g e n e r a t i o n n o d e , a n d D r o mmedaris will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in this re­gen­er­a­tion ini­tia­tive – re­viv­ing the area eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially,” says Fourie. “This Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) will be de­liv­er­ing the gov­ern­ment’s ob­ject i ve o f e s t a b l i s h i n g i n t e g r a t e d hu­man set­tle­ments.”

The de­vel­op­ment will con­sist of 92 bach­e­lor flats, 58 one-bed­room and 69 two-bed­room units and is de­signed for peo­ple earn­ing be­tween R1 500 and R7 500 a month.

Re­cent statis­tics show that about 20 per­cent of South African house­holds live in rental ac­com­mo­da­tion, with most of th­ese be­ing poor and low-in­come earn­ers. Roughly 55 per­cent have a monthly in­come of less than R3 500 and an­other 22 per­cent earn be­tween R3 500 and R7 500.

Rentals at Drommedaris will range from about R750 a month to R2 250, de­pend­ing on the ten­ant’s earn­ings and the size and fin­ishes of the unit.

T h e d eve l o p m e n t w i l l a l s o in­clude grassed and play ar­eas.

“There is an es­ti­mated back­log of 400 000 houses in the Cape Metropole and this fig­ure is grow­ing each year,” says Fourie.

“The wait­ing list for Com­mu­ni­care rental stock is over 1 000, so we know only too well the im­por­tance of ad­dress­ing the hous­ing cri­sis. Drommedaris will be a step on the road to al­le­vi­at­ing this short­fall.”

Power Construction started construction in Oc­to­ber and the han­dover of the first com­pleted units is sched­uled for Novem­ber 2010.

The pro­fes­sional team in­cludes: JS As­so­ci­ates (ar­chi­tects); L2K (quan­tity sur­vey­ors); Al­wyn Laub­scher & As­so­ci­ates (project man­agers); NWE Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers (civil, elec­tri­cal and struc­tural en­gi­neers); NuPlan Africa (town plan­ners); Ge­o­mat­ics Africa (land sur­vey­ors); Front­line Health & Safety ( c o n s u l t a n t s ) ; Jo h a n Neet h l i n g En­vi­ron­men­tal (en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tants); and SRK Ser­vices (geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neers).

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