Affordability and lawless landlords making residents lives difficult

High costs of apartments, illegal evictions and discrimination are some of the many challenges that tenants in Joburg and Cape Town's CBD are faced with.

702/Cape Talk's #FridayStandIn, Zackie Achmat, spoke to domestic worker, Thandeka Sisusa, and corporate worker, Kgothatso Meka, regarding their experiences of living in the Mother City's plush Seapoint suburb.

Sisusa has lived in Seapoint since she was 13 years old. She highlighted the limitations placed upon her stay in Seapoint due to her lower social class.

Meka moved to Cape Town from Johannesburg to further his career up the corporate ladder in the financial services industry.

Listen to the conversation below:

Sisusa shared her experience of living in Seapoint but being confined to a small room and being systemically excluded from enjoying what the prestigious has to offer.

When you are a domestic worker, you don't have freedom. You come in at the house, work and go back to the small space of your room.

Thandeka Sisusa, Seapoint resident

Meka lamented the lack of integration of people from different backgrounds and alienation of people of lower-income groups who can barely afford the basics.

One of the major disadvantages is the integration of the non-haves in the city centre... I've been lucky enough to have been afforded a good education.

Kgotshatso Meka, Seapoint resident

City of Joburg councillor, Dan Bovu, acknowledged the high rental rates in the inner-city, which make the cost of living unaffordable. He said there are regulations that are underway to protect tenants from illegal evictions by their landlords.

We want to have a market that is at R1000 and below in the inner city... We are still busy building the model.

Dan Bovu, City of Joburg councillor

This article first appeared on 702 : Affordability and lawless landlords making residents lives difficult


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