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In the quaint Western Cape village of Franschhoek, a landless community, landowners and investors are implementing a pioneering model of land reform that may be the answer to resolving one of South Africa's most pressing challenges.
"This is what the people of South Africa have asked for: a decent house," says Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu of Cosmo City north of Johannesburg. A mixed development of 12 500 dwellings, Cosmo City will have free and subsidised dwellings, rental apartments and bonded houses, as well as schools, churches, shops, parks, sports facilities and businesses.
Work has begun on one of SA's most ambitious housing projects to date. The multi-million rand N2 Gateway Project will benefit over 100 000 people who squat along the highway leading from Cape Town International Airport - and pilot a new model for tackling urban development in the country.
The R98-million Brickfields Housing Project in Newtown, Johannesburg - the largest public-private partnership in residential housing ever in South Africa - has been officially opened by President Thabo Mbeki.
The housing department has raised the subsidy levels for people who qualify for low-cost housing, to ensure that the subsidies are not eroded by the effects of inflation.
Housing is at the forefront of the national agenda for delivery and the government is taking overall responsibility for providing houses to all.