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Affordable Housing in the Western Cape: Overcoming barriers to homeownership among low and middle-income households

17 April 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Ms Noxolo Kabane, Western Cape Government, Department of Human Settlements,  Deputy  Director Policy & Research and Dr Andreas Scheba, Human Sciences Research Council, EPD, Research Specialist

Prof. Ivan Turok, HSRC, EPD, Executive Director

Affordable housing is one of government’s most pressing development challenges. In the Western Cape Province alone, more than 530,000 households are currently on waiting lists for government housing. Approximately 30% of all households in the Province fall within the gap market, which means they do not qualify for a free house but they are unable to purchase houses in the formal market. The aim of this seminar is to discuss the Western Cape Government’s plans to address this situation, specifically their efforts of establishing new partnerships with financial institutions and private actors to help low- and middle-income households onto the housing ladder. The presenters will interrogate the potentials and challenges of public-private initiatives in the affordable housing market (including the Institutional Housing Subsidy Programme, the Social Housing Programme and Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme) and suggest policy solutions to accelerate the delivery of well-located, affordable accommodation.

Date: 17 April 2018    
12:30 – 14:00
Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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