New Dawn in Maitland: 204 Affordable Homes Unveiled

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  1. The Western Cape Department of Infrastructure has launched a R95.9 million social housing project, Maitland Mews, in Cape Town. The development, completed ahead of schedule, consists of 204 units and is situated within 10 km of the Central Business District.
  2. The project targets households earning between R1 850 and R22 000 per month, creating affordable housing opportunities. It has also boosted local economy by generating 100 jobs for local jobseekers and Small Medium and Micro Enterprises.
  3. The Maitland Mews project prioritizes sustainability and is equipped with solar PV panels to reduce electricity consumption. It is part of a larger initiative, Maitland Metro, aiming to deliver over 1,200 new units in the next eight years.

The Western Cape Department of Infrastructure (WCDOI) yesterday unveiled a R95.9 million social housing project in Maitland, Cape Town. The Provincial Minister of Infrastructure, Tertuis Simmers, in collaboration with the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis, and the National Minister of Human Settlements, launched the Maitland Mews project.

The 204-unit housing development was completed within 18 months, ahead of schedule, reflecting the WCDOI’s commitment to efficiency. This project is strategically located within 10 km of Cape Town’s Central Business District and directly connected to the Metro’s transport network.

Simmers celebrated the department’s achievement, stating, “Building this project within budget and ahead of schedule means that multiple families will benefit from the department’s efficiency.”

The Maitland Mews project has also fostered local economic growth by creating 100 jobs, primarily for local jobseekers and Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). It is targeted to benefit households earning between R1 850 and R22 000 per month.

In a move to ensure equitable distribution, 121 units will be allocated to primary beneficiaries earning between R1 850 and R6 700 per month, while the remaining 83 units will be given to those earning between R6 701 and R22 000 per month.

The development is part of a larger initiative, the Maitland Metro, which plans to deliver more than 1,200 new units over the next eight years. The Madulammoho Housing Association is the turnkey development partner in this project, overseeing the construction of 204 social housing units and an additional 9 units as part of training facilities on the site.

Beneficiaries have already expressed their gratitude for the project. Ms. Merlene Malan, an elderly beneficiary, noted the convenience and accessibility of the new location. “I am happy that I was able to relocate to this project as I will be closer to the hospital… Public transport is at my doorstep and will help me commute with ease,” she said.

Ms. Nonqaba Bikauri, another beneficiary who relocated from Philippi East, shared her excitement about the secure facility, “I am at peace knowing that I no longer have to live in fear of crime.”

In addition to providing affordable housing, the WCDOI has prioritized sustainability. The Maitland Mews building is fitted with solar PV panels to power all geysers, a move aimed at reducing electricity consumption and mitigating the electricity crisis.

“This becomes the fifth social housing project completed within the last 3 years by our department, directly speaking to our intention on making affordable housing opportunities available to all citizens,” concluded Minister Simmers.

Applications for tenanting the Maitland Mews units are now open and should be directed to the Madulammoho Housing Association.

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