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Putting Capetonians of all income levels in well-located spaces
OPINION: The Western Cape government is asking citizens to weigh in on its draft ’policy framework’ the document which may finally provide a way to transform talk of spatial transformation into actual affordable housing in areas where prices continued to exclude people like teachers, police officers, or restaurant managers.

OPINIONISTA: South Africa’s housing crisis: A new breed of honest politicians is needed to unlock the land
When it comes to the provision of housing, there is a kneejerk reaction to create more regulations as a way of controlling and determining the actions of the officials behind the desk. This has created a culture of apathy, fear and corruption. Ultimately, there is no incentive in the public sector to provide better services.

GROUNDUP: EDITORIAL: Mega cities: Developments like Mooikloof might not be SA’s highest housing priority
The project, at Mooikloof near Pretoria, will see thousands of apartments being built and many jobs being created. However, mega projects like these have become increasingly exclusive and unaffordable for middle and working class people.

Our obsession with mega projects is not good for South Africa
The R30 billion “new city” near Pretoria raises red flags


The struggles of emerging construction companies pre and during Covid-19 pandemic • Voices360
The construction sector is pleading to be allowed to return to work as from the 1st of May under strict measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Construction Covid-19 Rapid Response Task Team (CC19RRTT) is the champion behind this initiative which consists of associations in the construction sector and its entire value chain …

Coronavirus OP-ED : De-densification of informal settlements as a crisis response is bad short-term thinking – 14 Civil Society groups
De-densification is complex and contested at the best of times and needs to be assessed and navigated on a case-by-case basis; it is definitely not an appropriate response during the Covid-19 disaster that creates further shocks to a part of society that is most vulnerable, nor is it appropriate at scale.

Asivikelane campaign gives a voice to those living in informal settlements
A response to the coronavirus pandemic is paving the way to ensure people get the attention they deserve and hold government to account

Covid-19: State should use Cape Town’s military airports for housing
Wingfield, Youngsfield and Ysterplaat could house more than 120,000 people

OP-ED: Location, location, location: Why living in the inner city is so much better than living in ‘the Location’
Social housing in Cape Town’s prime real estate inner-city area is a hotly debated issue. Trust on all sides is a key element, something that a new housing initiative in Pickwick Street emphasises.

Inner city Pickwick affordable housing should be replicated • Voices360
On Monday, the 20th of May, 19 households living in an informal settlement on Pine road relocated to a newly renovated affordable rental Transitional Housing Facility on Pickwick Street Four days after the much-awaited move, I visited the Pickwick street facility. During my visit, I saw Mr Samuel Moses (Not his real name) looking relaxed …

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Is the City ready to deal with issues linked to the sale of historical public rental stock? • Voices360
The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate is offering about 9 000 qualifying tenants who are living in Council-owned rental properties the opportunity to purchase their units and to become property owners. These properties include free-standing and semi-detached houses, terraced or row houses and maisonettes that are located across the city in areas such …


What is the real role of government and its ability to uplift communities out of poverty? • Voices360
The resignation of Finance Minister Nene, the repeated burning of trains on Cape Town station and the protests across the Cape Flats against violence are, in my view, all related. For the last two decades, a lot of focus has been on the constitution as a means of reinforcing the central role of government and …

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What could a different urban housing and land programme look like? • Voices360
The ongoing South African parliamentary process on land expropriation with the intention to amend the constitution indicates important and yet polarised views about expropriation of land without compensation. The fundamental arguments advanced in the ongoing discussions are largely focused on the need for expropriation to address the longstanding/ historical inequities of land ownership in the …

Clawing at the heels of the housing market - Gritty ‘micro-units’ of Cape Town • Voices360
Against a backlog of 193 000 households in Cape Town on the waiting list, for many, the delivery of dignified housing remains a pipe dream. Whilst the backlog is staggering, it doesn’t convey the complexity of the housing debate. Firstly, the state has been at the centre of delivery – either as a developer (for …

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