Zille: Affordable housing in well-located areas a priority

Helen Zille and Ndifuna Ukwazi locked horns recently over the provincial government's decision to sell a prime spot in Sea Point.

FILE: Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says affordable housing in well-located areas is a priority for her government and not the afterthought her critics claim it is.

Activist group Ndifuna Ukwazi is worried because the province's proposals to redevelop the Somerset Hospital Precinct makes mention of just 300 affordable housing units.

The provincial government says the figure is stated as a minimum for the Helen Bowden Nurses' Home portion of the site located next to the V & A Waterfront.

Zille says Ndifuna Ukwazi has created the impression that affordable housing is going to make up only 4% of the project.

Although she says this is not the case, Zille is unable to clarify exactly how many are likely to be built when the area is redeveloped.

“We have to make sure that this is viable and that there is cross subsidisation from other developments to make those units affordable.”

Zille and Ndifuna Ukwazi locked horns recently over the provincial government's decision to sell a prime spot in Sea Point instead of making it available for social housing.

The premier says her government is looking at innovative ways to fund low-cost houses such as a new development at the Conradie Hospital site in Pinelands.

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