The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi has recently unveiled a new R150 million initiative and partnership with the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) that will see repairs and maintenance service request backlogs done by trained and supported small and medium-sized contractors.
The City’s affordable housing rental stock comprises of some 57 500 units. Over the past two years, it has spent more than R1 billion in maintenance and upgrades of its public housing units. Due to the vast number, repairs and maintenance service request backlogs have occurred. This partnership aims to address the backlog and to provide training and financing of small to medium contractors and suppliers.
The NHFC will manage the database of contractors and suppliers, train and appoint Project Steering Committees and Community Liaison Officers.
Councillor Booi says the initiative will be rolled out across the metro in all the City’s rental units and the supply chain management processes should take about two or three months before teams are place to work on the units.
“It gives people in the community and surrounds the chance to change their lives while at the same time, improving the living conditions of our tenants. I hope this initiative will lay the foundation for a legacy of empowerment, skills transfer, new beginnings, and a better life for all involved” he said.
The City is dependent on rental income to repair and maintain their public housing. Booi encourages the tenants to pay what they can or, to contact the City about making payment arrangements.
“We are excited to be partnering with the City of Cape Town and communities on this initiative. We will be publishing an expression of interest to participate in this programme on 9 October 2020. All contractors will be appointed in accordance with a competitive bid process. This programme will run for three years and apart from the financial, compliance and technical support that will be provided, the contractors will be accredited in terms of grade 1 to 3 of the Construction Industry Development Board. We look forward to going from strength to strength with the emerging contractors and encourage interested parties to take part in the programme,” concluded the General Manager: Programme Management of the NHFC, Mr Qaqambile Mangqalaza.