The daily struggle of living in a wheelchair in a shack

3 days 20 hours ago
“The simplest things, like brushing your teeth, require work”

By Thembela Ntongana

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Malibongwe Ntanjana lives alone in a two-roomed shack in Gugulethu. He uses a wheelchair since he was shot in a car hijacking two years ago. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

“If you are in a wheelchair and living in a shack, doing the simplest things, like brushing your teeth, requires work,” says 38-year-old Malibongwe Ntanjana.

He lives alone in a two-roomed shack in Gugulethu. He lost his ability to walk two years ago, when he was shot in a car hijacking. He was driving a taxi in Nyanga at the time.

A neighbour, who is jobless, fetches water for him to bathe. Ntanjana pays the neighbour what he can afford from what he earns working part-time at a nearby organisation that offers jobs to people living with disabilities.

He has been living on a “serviced plot” for over ten years. He has a title deed and is waiting for an RDP house to be built on the land. His shack has no electricity. There is a tap at the back, which he struggles to access. He has no toilet; he uses a bucket, which his neighbour empties regularly.

“I have been asking my ward councillor … He has never been here. He has been promising to at least give me a toilet I can use … for the last two years,” says Ntanjana. “When I bath I have to ask someone else [the neighbour] to come and throw away the water and empty the [toilet] bucket.”

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More than half the plots earmarked for backyarders in Cape Town’s southern suburbs are on wetlands

5 days 23 hours ago
Residents sceptical at briefing by project managers

By Barbara Maregele

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Abdul Dhansey of Delta Built Environment Consultants briefed residents on progress with the Greater Retreat Housing Projects. Photo: Barbara Maregele

More than 60 properties on at least 100 hectares have been identified for possible housing development in several Cape Town southern suburb areas. But more than half are on wetlands, residents were told at a meeting at the Grassy Park Civic Centre on Monday night.

At the meeting, called to brief residents on progress of the Greater Retreat Housing Projects, several residents raised complaints.

Abdul Dhansey of Delta Built Environment Consultants (Delta BEC), which is the project manager, said 44 of the properties belonged to the City of Cape Town, 13 to provincial government, three were owned by national government, three were privately owned and the ownership of one was yet to be determined.

About 50 residents were at the meeting with representatives from the provincial Department of Human Settlements, City of Cape Town and the team working on the project. The project, led by Human Settlements, follows a wave of protests in May by hundreds of Parkwood residents, mostly backyarders. They are frustrated by the lack of housing in the area and complained of high rental, electricity and water costs.

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In Vienna, European cities call on the EU to ensure powers and resources for social housing

1 week 1 day ago
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In Vienna, European cities call on the EU to ensure powers and resources for social housing
European cities call on EU institutions to ensure adequate conditions for local governments to provide social housing

Global financialization of housing has left tenants unprotected: as the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, put it, “while governments have abandoned tenants, they have not abandoned investors. Residential real estate is the world’s biggest business: 163 trillion dollars – almost three times the annual world GDP”. In Europe, housing speculation has caused skyrocketing costs: rent already is European’s households’ main expenditure, and 82 million citizens are overburdened by housing costs".

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Nearly 1,800 low-income families could benefit from Conradie Hospital housing project

1 week 4 days ago
Western Cape government confirms development will proceed

By Cally Ballack

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Artist’s impression of the future Old Conradie Hospital Development in Pinelands. Source: Western Cape Government

The Western Cape Provincial Executive has confirmed a decision to dispose of the old Conradie hospital site to Concor Construction and proceed with the R3-billion development, announced Premier Helen Zille on Wednesday.

The project, called the Conradie Better Living Model, is a public-private partnership. The development will include subsidised housing units, as well as affordable housing units located close to the Cape Town CBD for families who earn between R1,500 and R22,000 per month.

Construction will include 3,602 residential units of which 1,764 will be grant-funded, affordable units.

There have been objections to the size of the development by people living in the area.

Processes with the City of Cape Town, including the allocation of funding by the Urban Settlement Development Grants (USDG), need to take place before construction can begin. These processes are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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Demand for Housing in Kenya Remains Flat in Q3

2 weeks 2 days ago

By Njiraini Muchira

The housing market in Kenya is experiencing a significant oversupply that has resulted in flat prices during the third quarter of this year.

Even as the government puts in place mechanisms to supply over 500,000 units of affordable housing over the next four years as part of its Big 4 Agenda, developers targeting the middle and high-end market segments have seen subdued demand.

According to the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) House Price Index, prices declined in the third quarter of 2018 by 0.41 per cent mainly due to lack of enthusiasm from home buyers, whose preferences have shifted from apartm

READ MORE: https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Demand-for-housing-in-Kenya-re...

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Ghana Ministry to Construct 200,000 Housing Units

2 weeks 2 days ago

By Julius Yao Petetsi

Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has disclosed that the ministry will embark on the construction of 200,000 housing units across the 10 regions of the country, in 2019.

He said drastic efforts were needed to address Ghana's yawning 1.7 million per annum housing deficit.

Mr Akyea, Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South Constituency, in the Eastern Region, was contributing to debate on 2019 budget statement, on the floor of Parliament in Accra yesterday.

READ MORE: http://www.ghanaiantimes.com.gh/ministry-to-construct-200000-housing-units/

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Promise of right to housing remains elusive in democratic South Africa

3 weeks 1 day ago
The fight for decent housing in South Africa has been unsuccessful. Nic Bothma/EPA

South Africa’s Constitution protects everyone’s right to access adequate housing. This principle was spelled out in law when the Court issued a landmark ruling in 2000 that stipulated the most vulnerable people – “those living in extreme conditions of poverty, homelessness or intolerable housing” – should be given priority access to housing.

A new law to effect this was passed in 2001. But, 17 years later, the law hasn’t been implemented. The main reason is that the country’s municipalities still don’t have adequate plans setting out the time frames in which they will provide adequate housing for thousands of people in desperate need.

The most recent data shows that there are about 3.3 million people living in informal settlements. This includes those living in temporary relocation areas.

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