The Provincial Cabinet has resolved to support, in principle, the proposed disposal of the old Conradie Hospital site to Concor Construction (in terms of the Land Administration Act (LADA), 1998) for the development of an affordable, mixed-use, residentially-led development close to the Cape Town CBD. This project has become commonly known as the Conradie “Better Living Model”.
A 21-day public participation period will now follow, where interested parties can submit any representations on the proposed disposal of the site.
The Provincial Cabinet will then consider all public comments received and decide on whether or not to confirm the disposal.
The Conradie Better Living Model Game Changer aims to assist in addressing the apartheid spatial planning legacy by creating well-located, affordable, integrated housing opportunities.
The proposed development will provide 3 602 residential units of which 1 764 (49%) will be grant-funded units and the remainder will be for the open market. This will cross-subsidise the affordable units and support the viability of the overall development.
There will also be two new schools, each accommodating at least 800 learners, and commercial space for residents hoping to work or shop closer to home. For those working elsewhere, the development will be accessible to public transport via bus and rail services.
The project will catalyse the upgrading of surrounding road infrastructure and public transport in the area and is expected to provide just over 4 300 jobs during the operational phase and just over 9 300 jobs during construction.
Finally, the development will also boast parks and recreational spaces which residents and surrounding communities will be able to enjoy.
The total construction cost of the proposed development is estimated at more than R3-billion.
We believe the project could serve as a blueprint for how we can best unlock the economic potential of state-owned property and provide more affordable housing close to employment and economic opportunity in the future.
The Public Notice on the proposed disposal of the land for this project can be found at https://www.westerncape.gov.za/assets/departments/premier/7995-gaz-26-oct-2018.pdf and interested parties are invited to submit their comments within 21 days of the publication of the notice.