A street Map view of Bonteheuwel
An aerial view of Bonteheuwel
A typical semi-detached house in Bonteheuwel
THE TYPICAL HOUSE IN BONTEHEUWEL
A typical two-bedroomed home in Bonteheuwel, a typical coloured township that was specifically built by the previous apartheid government, as a dumping ground for coloured families who were forcibly removed from District Six, an area in the heart of Cape Town.
The township was never designed with the intention to promote integrated living.
There are hardly any job opportunities and recreational facilities are few. This is a clear indication that the township was designed as a dormitory for cheap labour, as an overnight for working class families.
What role will Fuller Center for Housing, Western Cape, play in Bonteheuwel?
The Fuller Center for Housing Western Cape (FCHWC) will play a significant role in improving the existing homes in Bonteheuwel and many other townships by helping families to do improvements to their homes.
We will also bring relief to the backyard dwellers in Bonteheuwel, by replacing the wood and iron dwellings with brick structures, on the condition that the family staying in the home owns the land.
The average cost of a house in Bonteheuwel is R 350,000 (i.e. $ 35,000 US), which is way beyond what a back yard dweller can afford. The cost of land in Cape Town is exceptionally high, which causes working class families to become back yard dwellers in almost all townshops throughout South Africa.
FCHWC, therefore will play a leading role in doing home improvements throughout the townships in the Western Cape.