Thembelihle Domestic Workers Housing Project | Western Cape Government

Thembelihle Domestic Workers Housing Project

2014
(Western Cape Government)
Summary

The project was initially targeted only toward domestic workers of the Thembelihle Housing and Savings group who in 1999 approached the minister for assistance with a housing project. Since then many members have either dropped out of the project, or did not qualify for an opportunity based on their income.  This left opportunities available on the project.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If there is no application form, how will the beneficiary know that they have been selected for the project?
  2. Who qualifies for the project? Must I be a domestic worker?
  3. Does the project cater for subsidised and Gap housing?
  4. How/where do I apply for the project?
  5. Where do I get the application form?
  6. What is the income bracket that I must earn?
  7. Must I be on the waiting list/ living in a specific area to apply?
  8. How many subsidised houses/ Gap  houses will project deliver?
  9. How many bedrooms will each unit have?
  10. Will they have rental accommodation?
  11. If I am approved on Housing Subsidy System (HSS), how soon will I receive the house?
  12. Who is the developer/marketing agent?
  13. Contact person should there be further queries/complaints about project?
  14. Will there be a local office available for the beneficiaries should they need to submit documentation? If so, could you please give me an address and contact number?
  15. Has a marketing agent been appointed yet? If so, who are they?

1. If there is no application form, how will the beneficiary know that they have been selected for the project?

The way the beneficiaries for the remaining opportunities on the project are chosen is the following:

  • The beneficiary administrator (marketing agent) requests a list of potential beneficiaries who are on the Housing Demand Database who live in Ward 67 (The direct recipient community), in order of their initial application date (how long they have been on the list).
  • The administrator then contacts each beneficiary on the contact details that were provided when they applied for their name to be placed on the Housing Demand Database (HDD).  It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep his/her details current.
  • The administrator then holds marketing meetings where all the necessary documentation showing  income/ID etc and forms are filled out by the potential beneficiaries.
  • Should there be documentation outstanding, they can then bring the documentation to the administrator.
  • The supporting documentation is then used to verify and confirm the qualification of the potential beneficiary on the Housing Subsidy System (HSS).
  • Should the beneficiary qualify on the Housing Subsidy System (HSS), and pass all the necessary checks, they will become a beneficiary of the project and will be kept up to date with all the important dates (handover etc.)
  • Once all the names on the list have been marketed, the administrator then requests a new list of people from the City of Cape Town (CoCT) (Mr Michael Goodwin) for ward 67, and the process is repeated until the 219 opportunities on the project have been allocated to beneficiaries.

2. Who qualifies for the project? Must I be a domestic worker?

All beneficiaries of the Breaking New Grounds (BNG) scheme are to be compliant with the requirements of the National Housing Subsidy Scheme (NHSS) and must meet the following requirements:

  • South African resident
  • Competent to contract
  • Not yet benefitted from government assistance (Housing Subsidy System (HSS))
  • Married or cohabiting, or
  • Single with financial dependents or
  • Military veterans (special housing units provided) and/or
  • Persons classified as aged and/or
  • Persons classified as disabled
  • Monthly household income equal to or less than R 3 500

3. Does the project cater for subsidised and Gap housing?
  • The project is a Breaking New Grounds (BNG) fully subsidised housing project, there is no provision for Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) or Gap housing on the project.

4. How/where do I apply for the project?
  • Beneficiary names are provided by the City of Cape Town, from their Housing Demand Database, based on the Human Settlement’s selection criteria.

5. Where do I get the application form?
  • There is no direct application form, people can ensure that their names are on the City of Cape Town’s Housing Demand Database.  This however, does not ensure that they will be chosen by the City of Cape Town for consideration on the project.

6. What is the income bracket that I must earn?
  • Beneficiaries of the Breaking New Grounds (BNG) subsidy programme, must earn between R0 - R3500 per month.

7. Must I be on the waiting list/ living in a specific area to apply?
  • Yes, as potential beneficiaries are chosen by the City of Cape Town from their  Housing Demand Database.

8. How many subsidised houses/ Gap  houses will project deliver?
  • 219 BNG housing units will be delivered, 142 Duplex units and 77 Single units.

9. How many bedrooms will each unit have?
  • All units will have 2 bedrooms.

10. Will there be rental accommodation available?
  • No

11. If I am approved on HSS, how soon will I receive the house?
  • If their name is selected by the City of Cape Town (CoCT) and handed over to the beneficiary administrator and following the marketing  process, they are deemed eligible, the administrator will inform them of all important  dates.

12. Who is the developer/marketing agent?
  • The Department is the Developer. The marketing agent is appointed by the engineering consultants.

13. Contact person should there be further queries/complaints about project?
  • Community Liaison Officer: Mr Siva Moodley
    Cell:  082 940 1216

14. Will there be a local office available for the beneficiaries should they need to submit documentation? If so, could you please give me an address and contact number?
  • No, refer point 1, above.  There will be opportunities for them to submit documentation and follow-up documentation.

15. Has a marketing agent been appointed yet? If so, who are they?
  • Yes, Isgak Murison Attorneys, as appointed by the nominated consulting engineers on the project.
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