Public Land Release
Public Land Release

DAG’s advocacy work on the release of public land for affordable housing has spanned decades. Current projects include the work of a CSO collective advocating for the release of military land, complemented with research on the release of municipal land for affordable housing.

Release of Military Land in Cape Town

The call for the release of military land by DAG started in 2002. In 2020, DAG, in collaboration with the Community Organization Resource Centre (CORC), the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), the late Prof. Vanessa Watson and Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU), launched a joint campaign appealing to the Presidency to release military land. This campaign included the delivery of a joint submission on the release of the Youngsfield, Wingfield and Ysterplaat military sites in Cape Town. The purpose of the submission was to urge the national government to release these large and exceptionally well-located parcels of unused or under-utilised military land for the development of affordable housing. Together these sites could yield between up to 67 000 homes to meet an immediate need across metropolitan Cape Town. The sustained advocacy of the CSO Collective over three years culminated in a pre-feasibility study being conducted by the Housing Development Agency on 32 hectares of the Wingsfield site for the development of affordable housing

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Municipal Land Release for Affordable Housing: Four Metro Case Studies South Africa

The main purpose of this collection of reports is to improve people’s understanding of the intricate process involved in releasing municipal property for affordable housing, especially in well-located areas where competition for land is intense. The reports apply a set of terms to the various aspects of that process, in the hopes of creating a common language. The secondary objective of these reports is to identify ways to improve the land release process so that it more quickly and reliably delivers affordable housing. The reports in this series focus on case studies of four metropolitan municipalities—Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini (Durban), and Tshwane (Pretoria)—all of which have extensive experience in releasing land for affordable housing. Revealing how the process of municipal land release is supposed to happen (according to existing policies, laws, and regulations), how it has actually happened (in practice), and what lessons can be gleaned from this, the reports also clarify the main actors involved in the land release process, and key steps to be followed. Each city case study draws on in-depth document analysis, expert interviews, and discussions with internal and external stakeholders. These reports are the result of a project undertaken by a group of practitioners, technical experts, and academics from different spheres of society, all with different knowledge and specialised expertise. The core partnership driving this research is between the National Land Value Capture Programme, DAG, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the National Association of Social Housing Organisations (NASHO).

Release Military Land To Alleviate Cape Town’s Housing Crisis

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