September 18

VIDEO: Concrete TV

Concrete.TV recently spoke to Alastair Rendall, Managing Director or ARG Design and communiTgrow about the Wescape project in Cape Town. www.Concrete.TV Camera and edit: Nawaal Deane.  Text: Justin Marthinus Facebook: Twitter: @_concretetv www.Concrete.TV – a dynamic blend of broadcast style television and WebTV, covering: news, projects, products, people, countries and events for the concrete and.

April 7

Weekend Argus: Provinces curbed on zoning

Provinces curbed on zoning By Jan Cronje Cape Town – The Constitutional Court has curbed the power of provinces to overturn municipal land zoning decisions, declaring a loophole which had allowed developers to appeal to the province against municipal decisions to be “unconstitutional and invalid”. This means municipalities – such as the City of Cape.

March 3

Cape Times: New housing delivery plan ‘a DA poll ploy’

Zara Nicholson writes about the city’s new housing delivery draft plan in the Cape Times on Friday, 28 February.   New housing delivery plan ‘a DA poll ploy’ Opposition parties in the Cape Town city council were less than impressed with the city’s new housing delivery draft plan – which aims to speed up delivery – saying.

February 20

Cape Times: 70 years to eradicate Cape Town housing backlog

70 years to eradicate Cape Town housing backlog by Zara Nicholson (via Cape Times)   The City of Cape Town urgently needs to build five times more houses than the current 6 100 a year in order to deal with the backlog crisis by 2031, prompting a ‘serious rethink’ of housing delivery and strategy. Revealing.

February 11

Chicago’s flawed public housing policy offers valuable lesson to SA

CHICAGO is notorious for its disastrous public housing policy, but its costly mistakes could provide a salutary lesson for South Africa, which is grappling with its own housing dilemma. As with much of the US — and the world — Chicago was plagued by poverty and slums after the Great Depression, particularly in segregated black.

February 11

Letter: Housing is a Right

Minister of Human Settlements, Connie September, writes a letter in response to an article posted on Business Day by Robyn Murray.    Housing is a right IN A FAIRLY balanced article, “Informal settlements give rural poor a foothold in urban centres” (January 28), Business Day does a decent job of highlighting the challenge of in.

February 8

Business Day: inadequate housing

Robyn Murray writes about the need for housing in South African markets, where there is now a focus on GAP housing in addition to subsidised.   Informal settlements ‘give rural poor a foothold’ in urban centres IN A quiet neighbourhood near Johannesburg, a haphazard collection of shacks sits squeezed beneath the towering brick walls of.

January 20

Counter Currents: why is change illusive in the city?

A roundtable discussion about Cape Town and some of its challenges – the question being asked: why is change illusive in the city? The discussion features: Gita Goven – Architect and chairperson of communiTgrow Mokena Makeka – Architect and Creative & Managing Director of Makeka Design Lab Professor Edgar Pieterse – University of Cape Town, African.

January 17

Audio: Gita Goven talks to John Maytham on Cape Talk 576

communiTgrow chairperson, Gita Goven talks to John Maytham about the recent approval of the urban edge amendment and discusses concerns raised about the development (via Cape Talk).     For more information about Wescape and questions discussed in this interview, please read our Frequently Asked Questions available online and for download.

January 16

Urban Edge Amendment: Official Confirmation

communiTgrow’s application to amend the urban edge to include Wescape was approved in December 2013, with the official letter below. After many years of hard work, communiTgrow is grateful to all partners and contributors for their efforts and contributions on this ambitious endeavor.