Future housing projects for Cape Town outlined by Western Cape Government

A view of the City Bowl from Signal Hill, with greater Cape Town in the distance.
10,000 units are to be built within the City Bowl


At the Western Cape Human Settlements budget vote speech on 26 March 2019, minister Bonginkosi Madikizela provided a summary of the the department’s plans for current and future housing projects in Cape Town and the rest of the Western Cape. Notably, this included plans for future mixed-income housing within Cape Town’s City Bowl.

These mixed development projects include houses for the indigent, gap housing, rental units, social housing and serviced stands, and total 144 798 new units. As well as providing housing for lower income groups, the province’s goal is also to ensure integration of different income groups within Cape Town.

Cape Town City Bowl Bokaap, Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof and CBD Mixed income, mixed use
and different tenure (…) of extra-ordinary high density.
Various sites of around 8.4ha 10,000 N/A
Areas surrounding Cape Town
International Airport
Informal settlements along the N2 – namely, Barcelona, Gxa Gxa, Vukuzenzela, Kanana, Kosovo, Thabo Mbeki, Tsunami, Lusaka, and Europe The project aims to upgrade informal settlements along the N2, ensuring that residents (including backyard dwellers) benefit. Various informal settlements 51,540 Contracts awarded and construction underway
Greater Retreat Plumstead, Ottery and Ferness Estate, Lotus River, Parkwood
and Ottery East, Seawinds and
Vrygrond, Lavender Hill and Steenberg, Retreat, Grassy Park and Cafda
Unclear 279 hectares, various 7,500 Planning and designing
Belhar CBD Belhar, Cape Flats The project includes 1,000 FLISP units N/A 4,188 Of the FLISP units, 755 are 60% complete, and the remaining 245 are complete
Hout Bay Imizamu Yethu, Hout Bay Mixed income, mixed use and different tenure. N/A 1,400 Planning and designing
Dunoon, Killarney Garden Du Noon and adjacent areas,
Cape Flats
Mixed income, mixed use and different tenure. 17 hectares 11,000 Planning and designing
Scottsdene Northern Suburbs Includes 336
FLISP units
N/A 688 The 336
FLISP units are 80% complete
Leonsdale Leonsdale and Goodwood N/A N/A 2,000 Planning and designing
The Conradie Better Living Model project Pinelands N/A Old Conradie Hospital site 3,000 Developer (Concor Construction) will commence construction this year.



The remaining 53 482 units (of the 144 798 total) will be spread out over various parts of the province, including Hermanus, Grabouw, Drakenstein Municipality and Taiwan.

Typical provincial housing in Cape Town

The full text from the budget speech can be found here



  1. Belhar Housing Gardens, Feature Image accessed here