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Woodstock residents feel pressure to leave homes due to rising rental prices

One of the Woodstock residents says the city needs to provide affordable housing for locals who can no longer afford to keep up with rising rental prices.

Woodstock residents along with activists from lobby group Reclaim the City picketing on the Searle Street pedestrian bridge above the Nelson Mandela Boulevard on 11 July 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Woodstock residents are feeling the pressure to leave the place they call home due to increasing developments in the area.

On Tuesday, a group of residents and activists from Reclaim the City staged a picket on the Searle Street pedestrian bridge above the Nelson Mandela Boulevard freeway.

WATCH: Woodstock Residents stage peak-hour picket

The group is opposing evictions as a result of gentrification in the neighbourhood.

Woodstock resident Elizabeth Daniels says the City of Cape Town needs to provide affordable housing for locals who can no longer afford to keep up with rising rental prices.

“I was 12-years-old when we were evicted from District Six. I’m now 47 and those fields are still empty, nothing has been done there.”

Fifty-six-year-old carpenter Eddie Thompson who rents a city-owned house in Albert Road says he’s been living in Woodstock for 46 years and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

“All progress is good, but progress for who? All the working-class people are being moved out and are being relocated away from the city. For me, that’s not a good idea because I also have businesses in Woodstock.”

Thompson says his family has been given the first option to buy the house they're living in, but at a market-related price, which can go up to R5 million, it's a figure he'll never be able to afford.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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