SABC News - City of Tshwane to build low cost rental units near CBD:Tuesday 16 February 2016

City of Tshwane to build low cost rental units near CBD

Tuesday 16 February 2016 18:46

Ofetse Setimo

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says the project will reverse the apartheid legacy of placing blacks in the periphery of the city centres.(Kgosientso Ramokgopa [Facebook])

The City of Tshwane is gearing up to build low cost rental units near the Central Business District (CBD) for people earning between R2500 and R7500.

This comes as the City turned the sod for the construction of the 900 unit social housing project consisting of three bedroom units.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says the project will reverse the apartheid legacy of placing blacks in the periphery of city centres.

The area was made up of a culturally diverse community. It's more like the District Six of Gauteng and during the Group Areas Act, forced removals saw people who were staying in the place, relocated to single race townships, away from the city centre.

In 1945, black residents were relocated to Atteridgeville, while in 1963 coloureds were relocated to Eersterust and Indians to Laudium in 1968.

Now it’s hoped the construction of the rental units will address injustices of the past.

“We are confident that the majority of those are people who never had any land value, asset value, people who never had decent housing and predominantly the majority of them will be black [people],” adds Ramokgopa.

Housing Company Tshwane CEO Tshepo Phetla says, “We are looking at people who are earning between R2500 and R7000 who do not qualify for a Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) home, who also do not qualify for a loan.”

Costs will be covered by the National and Gauteng Departments of Human Settlement, together with the City Tshwane.

The R400 million project is expected to be completed in two years.

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