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Proposal to declare City of Cape Town ‘restructuring zone’ to be tabled soon

Social housing rental units must be built in demarcated areas to access grants from government and the idea is that they be built in well-located areas to combat apartheid spatial planning.

Builders work on a housing project in Cape Town. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A bold proposal to have the entire City of Cape Town declared a "restructuring zone" for affordable housing is expected to be tabled in Council as early as next month.

Social housing rental units must be built in demarcated areas to access grants from the central government.

The idea is that they be built in well-located areas to combat apartheid spatial planning.

There's been uncertainty lately about whether the city's existing restructuring zones, which were approved in 2010, include areas like Sea Point.

This was a disputed issue in the provincial government's decision to sell the old Tafelberg school site in Sea Point.

Brett Herron, the councillor responsible for urban development, says the municipality's proposal will speed up delivery of affordable houses.

“Certainly providing clarity and enabling the ramping up of social housing delivery is behind our thinking of declaring the whole city a restructuring zone.”

The proposal will also have to receive approvals from the provincial government and the national Human Settlements Minister.

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