Actvist group plans to fight City of CT over Tafelberg site sale

The provincial Cabinet has given the green light for the multi-million rand sale of the site.

FILE: Western Cape Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Activist group Reclaim the City is planning to fight the Western Cape government's decision to allow the sale of the Tafelberg site in Sea Point.

The provincial Cabinet has given the green light for the multi-million rand sale of the site.

Reclaim the City has labelled the sale as unjust and an insult to black and coloured working class people in Cape Town.

The group says the Western Cape government has "missed a critical opportunity to commit to building affordable housing in the inner-city."

Provincial Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says government has many affordable housing projects in the pipeline, including the development of the Woodstock Hospital site for "the cross-subsidisation of affordable housing, within a mixed-income, mixed-use context.”

“The Helen Bowden site which is a very well located site. In fact, this is an ideal site next to the Waterfront, not far from the stadium and a number of other sites as well.”

Madikizela says Cabinet had to consider National Treasury's instruction to find revenue.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)