Housing activists are claiming that the City of Cape Town unilaterally cancelled the Request for Proposals process for the highly anticipated Woodstock/Salt River inclusionary housing project that has been in the works for a number of years.
Thes include the Salt River Market and Pine Road sites.
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato told John Maytham on Tuesday, that the five parcels of land earmarked for social housing development fall under a different sphere of government and he will be meeting with the city manager on Wednesday at 7am to discuss the matter.
Mayoral Committee member for Housing at the City of Cape Town, Malusi Booi speaks to Africa Melane about the issue.
Booi explains that some of the land parcels involved were combined when the tender was issued and says this now needs to be 'dismantled'.
This now needs to be dismantled and the parcels issued out individually to meet certain regulations.— Malusi Booi, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements - City of Cape Town
He says the combined parcels of land triggers a land application process.
We need to now simplify the process so that we get the current evolutions in place and ensure more efficient disposal of these land parcels.— Malusi Booi, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements - City of Cape Town
Responding to accusations that the current City Council is less amenable to the inclusion of affordable housing in the city, Booi says "It is utter nonsense." The City's statement demonstrates the commitment made to social housing in the inner city, he adds.
Booi outlines the progress made on the two sites and the land has been cleared with those living in the Pine Road informal settlement to another site.
Appeals have now been closed and a decision is awaited from the mayor's appeal process, he adds.
This notion that we are not committed is pure nonsense. we will not be deterred from what we are doing but will do it in terms of the law.— Malusi Booi, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements - City of Cape Town
He describes the social housing work underway in Parkwood which falls under the Greater Retreat Project and the province plans to develop parcels of land.
The ball is rolling there so I don't understand where this issue is coming from.— Malusi Booi, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements - City of Cape Town
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