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Housing activists call on City of CT to give deadlines on affordable housing

Reclaim the City, a social movement campaigning for affordable housing, says that the city’s proposed new changes are a 'small victory'.

Protesters for affordable housing in Cape Town protest at the Affordable Housing conference. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Housing activists are calling on the City of Cape Town to provide firm deadlines for the roll out of affordable housing after new plans were announced on Tuesday.

To date, not a single subsidised rental unit has been built in the inner city since 1994.

But the city says that this is going to change as ten sites have been identified for development in the CBD, Woodstock and Salt River.

Apartheid spatial planning forced many black and coloured people to live on the outskirts of the city.

City officials concede that, to date, efforts to radically transform Cape Town have fallen short.

Reclaim the City, a social movement campaigning for affordable housing says that the city’s proposed new changes are a "small victory".

Campaign coordinator Ntombi Sambu says: “What’s going to happen to the people who can’t qualify, they can’t be sent over to Wolwerivier? What’s going to happen to their livelihood?”

About 240 social housing units are expected to be built on two sites in Woodstock, while at least 476 affordable housing options form part of the Salt River Market development in Albert Road.