As consumers continue to feel pressure from the rising cost of living, Tshwane Housing Company, which builds, owns and manages social housing in the city, says demand for social housing in the capital continues to grow.

There is currently a backlog of residents seeking social housing in metro Tshwane of 30,000 families needing accommodation within a 30 kilometer radius of economic hubs.

The City of Johannesburg also faced a similar problem, facing a backlog of 460,000 housing units.

There are currently four projects in the City of Tshwane that will help around 3,000 families in the “missing middle” who earn between R1,500 and R15,000 a month.

“It is necessary to bring people closer to their working environment. So you need to create communities where people can live, work and play because the biggest problem is that the missing middle is spending a lot of time on the road and less time with their families. They spend a lot of money on transport,” says Abakeng Nyundu, Chief Executive Officer of Housing Company Tshwane.

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