Touwsranten Housing Project, Western Cape, South Africa

The Touwsranten Housing Project, developed by the George Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, was aimed at providing housing opportunities for 395 homeless families that lived in the backyards of the formal rural village of Touwsranten itself and in informal settlements scattered across the greater Wilderness area of the George Municipality. 

Aurecon was appointed to provide project management, architectural (via a sub-consultant), civil and structural engineering services, as well as site supervision for the project.

The project was implemented in five stages:

  • The establishment of the township up to the registration of an approved General Plan
  • The construction of all the internal services infrastructure 
  • An integrated stakeholder management and beneficiary administration process, up to the actual transfer of ownership to beneficiaries
  • The construction of 40 m² top structures 
  • The electrification of the township in conjunction with Eskom

Thanks to determination and a great team effort, this significant housing project was successfully completed in October 2012. The constant challenge of low-cost housing projects is to maintain a high level of quality and innovation, while adhering to a tight budget. The project team made it a priority to achieve the widest possible impact they could.

The project won a Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF) Special Merit Award in October 2012 for the project. The SAHF acknowledges individuals and organisations that excel in delivering a better quality of life for communities in South Africa.

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