Providing housing still a priority in Cape Town - Zille

2016-05-05 13:14
The Tafelberg property site in Sea Point which forms part of a court battle between workers and the Western Cape government (taken from the City of Cape Town's map viewer)

The Tafelberg property site in Sea Point which forms part of a court battle between workers and the Western Cape government (taken from the City of Cape Town's map viewer)

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Cape Town – Providing adequate housing and overcoming apartheid-era spatial planning in Cape Town remained a priority, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Thursday.

The province was working closely with other levels of government to meet its housing targets, she wrote in her newsletter, Inside Government.

Last year, it exceeded its annual targets, delivering nearly 18 000 "housing opportunities". It spent almost 100% of the nearly R2bn allocated for housing in the last financial year, through the Human Settlements Development Grant.

Zille reflected on the provincial government’s decision to sell the Tafelberg school site in Sea Point for revamping as an independent school.

The site was at the centre of an interdict application by parties that believed the land should rather be used for affordable housing. The Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre filed papers on behalf of workers, many living in Sea Point, and the Reclaim the City campaign.

Concerns had been raised about inadequate opportunities to comment on the transfer of land.

"We are committed to ensuring that anyone who seeks an opportunity for comment should be able to have it taken into account, before the provincial government makes a rational decision about how best to utilise its assets to the best advantage of citizens," said Zille.

The government last week presented the applicants with a draft order proposing that the public consultation process over the sale of the land be re-opened. The matter was on the Western Cape High Court roll on Thursday.

Zille referred to the country’s "largest and most ambitious" urban housing project underway in Cape Town. The province aimed to build over 3 000 residential units on the former Conradie Hospital site near Pinelands.

"We are cross-subsidising it, making it affordable for Cape Town residents, and government."

She said residential units would be made available on the open market, as well as 10 000 square metres of retail space.

Discussions had to take into account the province’s need to deliver on its constitutional mandate, including providing housing, and other "important mandates", Zille said.

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