This is according to housing groups, one of them the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF), which yesterday expressed shock that a letter had been sent from the City to an individual indicating that the process was cancelled.
The letter issued and signed by director supply-chain management Basil Chinasamy read: “The Supply Chain Management Bid Adjudication Committee of the City of Cape Town on 29 July, 2019 resolved that the tender (RFP for development of affordable housing, Woodstock and Salt River Precinct) be cancelled. I wish to thank you for your interest shown in this project.”
The proposals were for at least five parcels of public land in the inner city: the Woodstock Hospital site, the public open space next to the hospital, Fruit and Veg in Roeland Street, New Market Street and the Pickwick Street social housing site, which would have delivered thousands of new homes to residents. The call for proposals had closed in February 2017.
WCPDF chairperson Deon van Zyl said: “At the time of City issuing the RFP call, the WCPDF encouraged its members to actively participate in the process and to assist in generating creative thinking on the need for the provision of inclusionary housing.