• Some 49% of the units in a new public-private property development outside of Cape Town’s CBD will be reserved for people earning between R3,500 an R15,000. 
  • The new development will be built on the 22-hectare Conradie-hospital site next to Pinelands and will have schools, waterways, a clinic and community centre. 

More than 1,700 affordable homes - for South Africans earning between R3,500 and R15,000 a month - will be built as part of a new development in Cape Town.

Called the ‘Conradie Better Living model’, the mixed-use public-private development will be built on the 22-hectare Conradie Hospital site, next to Pinelands. 

Some 3,500 housing units will be built, and 10,000m² retail space and 14,500m² commercial space created. 

Some 49% of the residential units will be allocated to "grant-funded" affordable housing, while the rest will be sold through normal channels.

One of the benefits of this site’s location is its close proximity to established public transport modes, including access to the Metrorail service, and existing public transport routes, the Western Cape Government said in a statement.

An artist impression of the development once completed. Higher buildings will be isolated to the outskirts of the development. (supplied)

Since the main section of the Conradie hospital was closed in 2006, most vacant buildings were vandalised and subsequently demolished. 

In a heritage assessment of the property, the provincial government said it plans to construct at least one primary and high school, a clinic and a community hall on the property. 

A centre square will connect the entire development. A realigned canal will run throughout the development and will serve both as recreational space and to help with storm runoff. 

An artist impression of the public square (supplied)

The remaining heritage buildings such as the old Hall, Nursing Administration building, porter’s lodge will be preserved. 

A tender for the development was released in March.  “The project could serve as a blueprint for how we can unlock the economic potential of state-owned property in the future,” the provincial government said. 

“It could also serve as a model for other municipalities faced with similar apartheid-era spatial challenges.” 

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