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Inner City Partners on a mission to deliver affordable housing

As part of the City of Joburg’s Inner City Partnership (JICP), the City has partnered with the Africa Housing Company (AFHCO) to deliver affordable rental housing. AFHCO has set aside approximately R450 million to upgrade the old Post Office in Jeppe Street into a mixed use development. AFHCO saw potential in the building after it fell into disrepair and became under-utilised.

“We are excited about the public/private partnership collaboration which will make the inner city housing market work better for the poor,”says MMC Ngobeni. 

AFHCO, is currently busy with the first phase of developing the Old Post Office and is working closely with DDT Project Management, Heritage Architects and Sprunt Architects, to ensure that the social, heritage and commercial are balanced in the development. AFHCO is also in conversation with the City of Johannesburg to fast track building plan submission, heritage processes and rebates on the building.

The City and AFHCO are committed to ensure that the heritage significance of the building is preserved even as the building undergoes refurbishment to restore it to its former condition.

“AFHCO has extensive experience with sensitive buildings and we are confident that the project will meet the City of Johannesburg’s building regulations and standards. We will continue to contribute to the upliftment of the inner city and wider Johannesburg area,” says Tiiso Masipa, Development Manager responsible for refurbishing the building.

The layout of the building will be tailored to meet individual client’s needs accommodating single people as well as small families, creating eclectic spaces and relationship between zones allowing their precinct to flourish.

CLLR FUNZELA NGOBENI
MMC Development Planning

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