According to Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for Human Settlements, City of Cape Town says there are currently 300 000 people on the housing waiting list and each name represents one family.
She says the number was 250 000 but because of the City's aggressive approach to ensure people are on the list, the number has grown to 300 000.
We have found that in certain areas of the city people are not that well acquainted with procedures, so we went out there to ensure that people are aware of the list and that they put themselves on it.— Benedicta van Minnen, Mayce member for Human Settlements, City of Cape Town
However, a name on the waiting list does not automatically qualify one for a house, because there are additional requirements and checks, says van Minnen.
At the moment the city is able to supply 9 000 - 10 000 housing opportunities a year.
There are people who have been on the waiting list for more than 20 years. van Minnen says these are most often those who have been offered a housing opportunity, but decided to turn it down because they want to wait for housing in specific areas.
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