SA Affordable Housing November - December 2018 // Issue: 73 - Page 8

NEWS (VRCIZ) – one of three integration zones where the City will, during our term of office, spend the bulk of our capital budget on infrastructure aimed to transform Cape Town’s spatial reality. “The sites are strategically placed in the Voortrekker Road Corridor between the City’s two most important commercial and jobs hubs – the city centre and Bellville, with good access to other important economic nodes like Maitland, Goodwood and Salt River. We have already seen some renewed private sector interest and investment in Parow which could, in the long-term, displace some of the area’s residents due to rising prices. Therefore, we also want to get ahead of this phenomenon, often called ‘gentrification’, by developing subsidised rental units for qualifying vulnerable households. In so doing we will ensure that as house and rental prices in Parow rise the area will always have some affordable rental homes available, and in perpetuity,” says Herron. International research confirms that where affordable housing is built to a good standard and design in well- located areas, these developments can improve adjacent property values. “On this note I want to add that there are some misconceptions about what social housing is. Social housing is the official term for state-subsidised rental units that are developed and managed by Social Housing Institutions (SHIs). SHIs are private, non-profit companies that are accredited by the National Government to provide social housing. “These developments are modern and well-built with spaces for children to play. There is strict access control, and tenants have to comply with the SHI’s rules in the same way that body corporate rules apply to those living in private developments. Only families who can afford to pay rent are allowed to move into these units, and tenants have to sign lease agreements. “The social housing complexes have a good reputation because they are well-run and well-maintained. They are very popular and the units are high in demand. I want to assure local residents from Parow that they and the area will greatly benefit from these proposed developments,” says Herron. It is proposed that the Parow Station sub-precinct should be developed first. The sub-precinct consists of seven City-owned parking lots that are barely used. The parking lots are located between Voortrekker Road and McIntyre Street, within close proximity to Parow Station. An estimated 950 affordable rental units could be developed on these sites. The other sub-precincts will take longer to develop as the City needs to acquire some of the sites that are proposed to form part of the precincts; the TDA will continue with the conceptual planning while Parow Station sub-precinct is being developed. “I want to state upfront that the City is committed to following a partnership approach where we will collaborate with all relevant stakeholders, and most importantly, with the people who currently live and work in Parow. This is a long-term commitment, because the developments will be happening over a few years. We will continuously engage with the public and local community so that we can make a success of these precinct developments. We want residents’ input and support because we cannot do this on our own,” concludes Herron. On a (ceiling) roll in SA Knauf Insulation in South Africa has launched a new glass mineral wool ceiling roll. F ollowing feedback received from a number of customers and contractors in the region, and to bring added convenience, the company reviewed its range of products to address the most common ceiling joist centres used in South Africa. The new Combi-Cut Ceiling Rolls will now incorporate an additional perforation cut at 800mm by 400mm, while also retaining the existing combi-cut perforation along the centre, enabling the installer to separate the product conveniently into pre-measured 800mm and 400mm width rolls without the need for tools. The added flexibility means that the product is ideal for installation between typical 750mm standard joist centres used in South Africa or alternatively for 600mm joist centres under slate roofs and often used as standard centres in other African countries. 6 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2018 More benefits of the new product include: • It can be separated into 800mm and 400mm, two 600mm or 1200mm width combinations. • Unbeatable non-combustible A1 Euroclass Reaction to Fire Classification rating and SANS 10177 Pt 5 and 10 for fire. • Manufactured using revolutionary technology (no smell, no artificial colours or bleaching, pleasant to handle, less energy intensive). • Available as 50, 100 and 135mm*. • More m 2 per roll for easier storage and handling. • Palletisation with weatherproof outer film permits external storage. * 75mm is available as a solid 1 200mm width. Speaking after the launch, Mark Gillott, business development director for Knauf Insulation Africa, said,