PRESS RELEASE : Civil society organisations call for the release of under-utilised military land to combat Cape Town’s housing crisis

Today a group of civil society organisations and academics urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to immediately release three large, well-located and vacant (or under-used) military sites in Cape Town for the development of low-income housing. The three pieces of nationally-owned land – Ysterplaat, Wingfield and Youngsfield – have the potential to combat Cape Town’s affordable housing crisis and alleviate the most harmful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has driven many into homelessness. By releasing the sites, the national government could make room for up to 67,000 low-income households in Cape Town, answering a decades-long call on national government to address the gross spatial inequalities in the city.

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