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City making rental stocks safer with social housing unit

The City of Cape Town is working to improve the quality of life for residents of their rental stock units.

The City's JP Smith explains that the social housing unit, established in 2012, is ensuring the housing units remain safe for tenants.

Crime, drugs and gangsterism in City-owned rental stock areas have been the focus of the unit, which Smith says will see more investment.

So far the unit has had very impressive results, to the extent that we are going to up the budget a bit and expand into more housing across the city.

JP Smith, MayCo member for Safety and Security

The council owns nearly 44 000 rental stocks across the city and housing officials will be trained in policing and other multi-skills.

According to Smith, seamless integration between city officials, metro police and Saps, have led to improved policing and co-operation across the Cape.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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