Affordable housing activist focuses on rental laws that protect the vulnerable

The effects of apartheid are still visible in South Africa where communities of people, segregated formally according to the colour of their skin, still exists in practice.

Social activist Zackie Achmat is a passionate advocate for affordable housing for all. He helped found the advocacy organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi, which means dare to know, and tackles these issues.

He speaks to various players in the field of housing and rental matters.

Neville Chaney, DDG Strategy and Planning, Department of Human Settlement, talked about the legislative and regulatory framework being implemented, which finally favours poor house holds and the working class.

The policy aims to achieve spatial transformation, integration and derationalisation.

There has been a substantial amount of push back, particularly given our historical property and land inheritance framework.

Neville Chaney DDG Strategy and Planning, Department of Human Settlement

Chaney says the Rental Act amendments aims to correct the balance the power between landlords and tenants. The inherited legislation processes and procedure were very biased towards landlords.

Leases will need to be in writing and rental tribunal must be established.

We need to move to a progressive space where there is absolute equity and equality between landlord and tenants in relation to affordability and enforcement

Neville Chaney DDG Strategy and Planning, Department of Human Settlement

Daniel Bonakele Bovu, MMC for housing City of Joburg spoke about housing and rental challenges facing the city and creation of a rental tribunal.

We as the city can no longer say when people are evicted that it is the private owners business, it cannot be...we must take responsibility of helping those who need help from government

Daniel Bonakele Bovu, MMC for housing City of Joburg

The city is also working on a process of bringing people into the inner city and doing away with apartheid segregation, through a programme called "ichep" Inner City Housing Implementation Plan.

Achmat continued to have a very insightful conversation with representatives from the Western Cape Housing Tribunal Roy Stewart and Sithembele Tyutula.

Listen below for the rest of the discussion:

Read More
Local bee farming company Native Nosi creating a buzz with raw honey

Local bee farming company Native Nosi creating a buzz with raw honey

Native Nosi owner Mokgadi Mabela says over 50% of honey sold in SA is imported and she wants to change the business landscape.

How do we ensure the safety of women in South Africa?

How do we ensure the safety of women in South Africa?

Women's Legal Centre and POWA discuss ways to ensuring the legal system stops failing women of South Africa.

Visual activists use work to highlight realities of women, LGBTI communities

Visual activists use work to highlight realities of women, LGBTI communities

Acclaimed photographer Zanele Muholi and curator Lerato Dumse discuss to exhibitions of work and the power of visual activism.

Why you should be an organ donor

Why you should be an organ donor

The Organ Donor Foundation gives a compelling argument why every one of us should register to be organ donors.

Are diplomats and politicans above the law?

Are diplomats and politicans above the law?

Listeners weigh in on whether Grace Mugabe is deserving of diplomatic immunity after allegedly assaulting a South African woman.

'The soft reset' - How to fix South Africa's current crisis

'The soft reset' - How to fix South Africa's current crisis

Activist Vishwas Satgar talks to Stephen Grootes about South Africa's current crisis and provides insights on how to resolve it.

Popular articles
Best bank ad ever? Andy Rice reviews Investec’s “you’re more than data”

Best bank ad ever? Andy Rice reviews Investec’s “you’re more than data”

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the advertising expert about the best and worst new advertisements.

Police apparently mulling over warrant of arrest after Grace Mugabe a no-show

Police apparently mulling over warrant of arrest after Grace Mugabe a no-show

EWN understands that lawyers representing the Zimbabwean first lady are negotiating with officers at the Sandton police station.

[LISTEN] 20-year-old SA woman traumatised by Grace Mugabe's assault

[LISTEN] 20-year-old SA woman traumatised by Grace Mugabe's assault

Gabriella Engels says she is saddened by people who are calling her names on Twitter before they understand the full story.

Traffic gridlocked as Imizamo yethu residents make their way to Cape Town

Traffic gridlocked as Imizamo yethu residents make their way to Cape Town

About 40 minibus taxis, in a convoy at a very low speed, are transporting Imizamo Yethu residents into CT for a planned protest.

Words you’ll hear: Grace Mugabe's latest nickname

Words you’ll hear: Grace Mugabe's latest nickname

Find out why Zimbabwe's First Lady should be dubbed with the moniker 'extension cord'.

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Gore about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Ocean Basket gives franchise owner the chop after assault video

Ocean Basket gives franchise owner the chop after assault video

The man was immediately divested of his shares and is no longer part of the group, explains Ocean Basket CEO Grace Harding.

WATCH: Cape schoolkids 'starstruck' after Trevor Noah,  Charlize Theron drop by

WATCH: Cape schoolkids 'starstruck' after Trevor Noah, Charlize Theron drop by

Oaklands High principal Reza Patel says it was an extremely exciting experience for both the learners and staff. We can imagine!

CoCT explains new electricity tariffs

CoCT explains new electricity tariffs

Following residents concerns over new electricity tariffs and properties being re-evaluated, Johan van der Merwe provides clarity.