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Woodstock evictions: City of CT to finalise inclusive housing plan

The city’s been under fire due to a spate of evictions from inner city areas like Salt River and Woodstock.

FILE: 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 - The City of Cape Town has promised to finalise a plan around inclusive housing in the next couple of weeks.

The city’s been under fire due to a spate of evictions from inner city areas like Salt River and Woodstock.

Dozens of Woodstock residents, some of whom have lived in the area for decades, are facing imminent eviction as their houses have been earmarked for redevelopment.

They want the city to provide them with emergency accommodation in or around the City Bowl.

WATCH: Woodstock Residents stage peak-hour picket

The city’s been taking flak from lobby groups for months now is being accused of favouring developers over working-class families.

Now they’re promising what they call a “radical and game-changing plan” that will provide thousands of housing opportunities for lower-income households in areas within the inner city or at least very close to it.

The city says the plan will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Earlier this week, lobby group Ndifuna Ukwazi released a report detailing ways in which the city could provide alternative accommodation, close to town and in a sustainable way.

Its suggestions did have dozens of pages of details including repurposing existing public buildings like the Helen Bowden Nurses’ Home in Green Point and constructing temporary housing units using the available public land.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)