Reduced funding, pandemic exacerbate housing shortage

Cape Town putting in the work with new social housing project

Affordable housing across provinces is scarce and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic and homelessness. Stock image.
Affordable housing across provinces is scarce and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic and homelessness. Stock image.
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The housing crisis municipalities are facing is getting out of control. Many have not received title deeds that were promised and many cannot afford housing of their own.

Affordable housing across provinces is scarce and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic and homelessness.

In July 2020, the ANC in parliament made the decision to wipe R2.26bn off the department of human settlements’ budget for 2020-21. In October 2020 a further R345m was transferred from housing to SAA. Despite a national title deeds backlog of more than 893,000, the department announced the title deeds restoration grant would be abolished.

Municipalities across the country are in the same position of having to face demands for housing against a backdrop of reduced funding from national allocations.

Despite such budget constraints, the City of Cape Town is moving forward with a much-needed social housing project. This project will see 2,000 affordable housing opportunities for those who need it most. Additionally, during the 2019/2020 financial year the DA-led government in the Western Cape delivered 16,217 housing opportunities. Despite how opposition parties seem to paint the DA, it is clear they are putting in the work.

 Meriel Rowbottom

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