it all started in 1999

In 1999 the SOHCO Amalinda development was initiated, with the support of the Flemish government, to address the prevailing shortage of social housing stock in East London in the Eastern Cape. Market surveys, land assembly, planning and funding applications were prepared and subsidies approved in early 2000, for the development of Sohco’s first project, Amalinda Village, in East London.

The process that SOHCO follows as a non-profit Social Housing Institution is to source well located land and develop affordable units for the rental market. As part of the development process, SOHCO applies to Government for a captial grant which pays for part of the construction of the development. The balance of the development costs are then sourced by SOHCO as loan finance. This method of financing allows SOHCO to develop units for the Social Housing RENTAL market and in the process enables the units to be rented out at lower than normal market rental value.

In order to comply with Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) guidelines, rentals are determined as a percentage of gross monthly income of all occupants. The current guideline is that combined household income should be less than R15 000 per month.

All SOHCO apartments are available on a RENTAL basis and all tenants sign valid lease agreements which clearly indicate all the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.

SOHCO is a private company and receives NO subsidies for rent or any operational costs. All operational costs are covered from rental collected.


To acquire, develop and own immovable property primarily for occupation and use by individuals who qualify for assistance in terms of the housing subsidy scheme implemented in terms of the Social Housing Act.


A social housing institution that is capable of supporting the delivery of affordable, well managed integrated human settlement at scale nationally and on a sustainable basis.

Board Members

Strong and Involved Individuals

SOHCO is headed up by a strong and involved Board of Directors. Directors are drawn from a variety of sectors of South African society.

Sohco Amalinda Housing

  • Ms Shirley Moulder (Chairperson)
  • Dr Willie Els
  • Dr Sindisile Maclean
  • Mr Nkosinathi Mcambi
  • Ms Heather Maxwell
  • Mr Yves Wantens
  • Mr Martin Leamy
  • Mr Ishmael Mkhabela

Sohco Property Investments

  • Ms Shirley Moulder (Chairperson)
  • Dr Willie Els
  • Mr Yves Wantens
  • Ms Heather Maxwell
  • Mr Martin Leamy
  • Mr Ishmael Mkhabela

Management Team

Qualified and experienced 

SOHCO has a strong and qualified management team that ensures smooth and effecient operations.

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer


Property Systems Manager

East London Regional Manager

Cape Town Regional Manager

Durban Regional Manager


Heather Maxwell

Martin Leamy

Claudette Munsamy

Kashmil Gopal

Margaret Johannisen

Ragmah Abrahams



  • Chief Executive Officer: Heather Maxwell
  • Chief Financial Officer: Martin Leamy
  • Senior Accountant: Claudette Munsamy
  • East London Regional Manager: Margaret Johannisen
  • Cape Town Regional Manager: Ragmah Abrahams
  • Durban Regional Manager: TBD
  • Property Management Specialist: Kashmil Gopal

Furthermore, SOHCO has a team in each region in which it operates, with team members based at every residential complex.

Strict financial controls are in place, and the company’s books are audited by international auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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